Huge RAF plane lands on beach
A HUGE RAF plane has landed on a West Wales beach.
The 120-tonne carrier plane landed on Pembrey Beach in Carmarthenshire during tests.
Pilots from RAF Brize Norton, Oxfordshire, have been testing the capability of the A400M Atlas plane in a number of runs on the vast beach.
Footage shows the massive carrier touching down on the beach and quickly taking off again.
The RAF said: “Beaches are routinely used by the RAF for training operations with other tactical airlifters.
“The A400M showcased its superb tactical capabilities on natural surfaces by performing take-off, landing and taxiing manoeuvres.”
The Atlas can carry a 37-tonne payload to remote airfields, and can hold as many as 116 troops and a number of helicopters.
The plane has a gross weight of 120 tonnes and can carry 66 patients on stretchers.
It can reach around 485mph and has a range of around 2,000 miles.
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The A400M Atlas landing at Pembrey