Deliveries may be 3-4 years late, but this initial flight represents more than mere symbolic progress
Europe’s military airlifter has finally flown, and in the margins of the celebratory event government ministers agreed to give EADS until the end of January to secure a revised deal on the program. The Airbus Military A400M became airborne here Dec. 11 at 10:15 a.m. local time, and landed at 2:02 p.m. The first flight, which took off and landed from San Pablo Airport, was extended by almost an hour. A glitch with the AFDX Digital Injection System (ADIS) delayed takeoff by 15 min.; it ...
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