Production A400M on display

July 9, 2012 at 12:07 PM
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LONDON, July 9 (UPI) -- The first production model of Airbus Military's A400M tactical airlifter is on display at the Farnborough Air Show in England.

Airbus Military, headquartered in Spain, said the aircraft – designated the MSN6 – will be on static display, which will allow potential customers to view its cargo hold.

The aircraft will not participate in flight demonstrations because of recent engine issues which are under investigation.

The A400M is a four-engine turboprop aircraft. It can carry about 116 fully equipped troops in addition to cargo. Its maximum load capacity is 81,600 pounds. It can also be used for aerial refueling and can carry more than 111,000 pounds of fuel.

Maximum cruise speed is 485 miles per hour.

The aircraft model had its first flight in 2009.

More than 100 of the planes have so far been ordered by eight countries.

Airbus Military said the first three aircraft for customers are in final assembly at a facility in Spain and six others are in various production stages.

Test models of the aircraft have so far performed more than 1,000 flights for 3,535 flight hours as of the end of last month.

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