The flight test crew of the Airbus A400M were voluble in their praise of the military transport, which flew for the first time on Dec. 11. Perhaps the cloudless sky of a crisp morning in southern Spain was the omen the aircraft needed after years of delay, trouble and doubt. The clouds hovering over the seven-nation (Belgium, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Spain, Turkey and U.K.) program also appear to be dissipating after procurement chiefs of the defense ministries met in London on Jan. ...


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