Successful test flight of Belgian Air Force first Airbus A400M (updated)

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The Airbus A400M Atlas with production number MSN106 successfully performed its very first test flight on Thursday 30 July in the late afternoon. The flight took place from the premises of the Airbus Final Assembly Line in Seville, Spain.

During that flight, an Airbus Industry test crew successfully performed the full “Production aircraft test manual” under a temporary Spanish registration, A4M106. The MSN106 is the very first Airbus A400M of the Belgian Air Component and now wears tail number CT-02. (Tail number CT-01 has been given to the A400M of Luxembourg, also part of the 15 Wing Air Transport).

Soon a delegation of the Belgian Air Component will start the delivery process of the aircraft. Once the last phase has been successfully completed, the aircraft can take off for its flight to its new home base: the 15 Wing Air Transport in Melsbroek.

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UPDATE:

The first of seven Belgian Airbus A400M military transport aircraft carried out two test flights last week from the European manufacturer’s factory at Seville-San Pablo airport (southern Spain), which assembles these aircraft, Belga press agency learned Monday from a military source, putting an end to some confusion.

This aircraft, to be registered CT-02, made its not publicised maiden flight on Monday 27 July, the Belgian Defence press service told Belga, confirming information released Friday by Airbus.

Four days later, on Thursday 30 at the end of the afternoon, the plane carried out the second part of its test flight, as described above and in the video hereunder.

The “acceptance” process should begin on August 31 and the ToT (“Transfer of Titles”, ie transfer of ownership from Airbus to the customer) is scheduled for 9 October. Its arrival in Melsbroek military airport is scheduled for November, two years late since its delivery was initially planned for 2018.

By then, Airbus must deliver the only Luxembourg A400M (serial number MSN104 and registration CT-01) made its first flight on 14 April and its delivery should take place next month. As for CT-03 (MSN109), it was seen in mid-July in Seville.

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