Huge RAF plane lands on beach

Llanelli Star - - Letters -

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

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