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  • Cold Comfort for Airbus A400M
    Posted by Robert Wall 11:02 AM on Feb 08, 2011

    Airbus Military has undertaken further cold weather trials of the A400M military airlifter.

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    (Photo: Airbus Military)

    One of the flight test airlifters -- MSN2 -- has made an excursion to Kiruna, Sweden for four days of intense weather testing.

    The airlifter was expected to brave up to -21 deg. C temperatures, enough to check off the appropriate test points. An initial set of testing was conducted in Hamburg in December and more severe temperatures will be sought in later trials with a return visit to Sweden and other locations.

    The flight test program -- that now involves four aircraft -- has been running ahead of schedule, although the pace of some of the contractual activity with the seven core buyers remains slow.

    Tags: ar99, A400M

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