Eyes on the skies as trans­port plane flies in

Gloucestershire Echo - - NEWS -

» A GER­MAN Air Force A400M was seen fly­ing into and out of RAF Fair­ford in Glouces­ter­shire on Mon­day.

The huge mil­i­tary trans­port plane landed at the Cotswolds base shortly be­fore 1pm and left a few hours later at 3.12pm.

It is un­der­stood the At­las was there in sup­port of a Tor­nado plane that needs main­te­nance, bring­ing spare parts and per­son­nel.

The Tor­nado plane, also from Ger­many, needed at­ten­tion af­ter the Royal In­ter­na­tional Air Tat­too.

Peo­ple re­ported see­ing the A400 fly­ing from Ox­ford­shire into Glouces­ter­shire.

Although this A400M was part of the Ger­man Air Force, the tac­ti­cal air­lifter ca­pa­bil­ity is also a main­stay of the Royal Air Force.

It can carry up to 37 tonnes of pay­load over a range of 2,000 nau­ti­cal miles. It is able to de­ploy troops and equip­ment be­tween and within theatres of oper­a­tion either by para­chute or by land­ing on short, po­ten­tially un­pre­pared airstrips.

An A400M sim­i­lar to the one spot­ted this week

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