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A400M

Bubbles_Barker

LE
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Not even for the C17 which is larger.
Heavy armour goes by ship, rail and road, as has been pointed out countless times by them wot knows.
But, it's a "fact" that is used to diss the A400m - claim it's crap coz it won't do what it wasn't designed for.
One came purring overhead just now having dropped it's cargo over Everleigh - lots of AD and parachuting going on with A400M right now.
 
One came purring overhead just now having dropped it's cargo over Everleigh - lots of AD and parachuting going on with A400M right now.

I'm on the south coast and hardly ever see the blighters, get quite a few Chinook and AH64 though.
Are they as noisy as everyone seems to swear ? I don't reckon they are. That or I've still got ear plugs stuck in my ears
 
I'm on the south coast and hardly ever see the blighters, get quite a few Chinook and AH64 though.
Are they as noisy as everyone seems to swear ? I don't reckon they are. That or I've still got ear plugs stuck in my ears

Living in Swindon, I see them all the time and, yes, they are noisy.
 
I'm on the south coast and hardly ever see the blighters, get quite a few Chinook and AH64 though.
Are they as noisy as everyone seems to swear ? I don't reckon they are. That or I've still got ear plugs stuck in my ears
In the early days of lockdown, when they were flying around all the Scottish airports, I could clearly hear one at 20,000ft above my house. Confirmed by ADSBExchange.
 

Bubbles_Barker

LE
Book Reviewer
Living in Swindon, I see them all the time and, yes, they are noisy.
You must have better hearing than me - I think it's as noisy as any comparable multi-engined military transport at low level. I see/hear A400M/C130J on a virtually daily basis at around 200' and there's barely any difference as far as I'm concerned.
 
You must have better hearing than me - I think it's as noisy as any comparable multi-engined military transport at low level. I see/hear A400M/C130J on a virtually daily basis at around 200' and there's barely any difference as far as I'm concerned.

I can always tell when an A400M is approaching and, despite its size, I can almost always hear it long it before I see it.
 
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aardvark64

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I can always tell when an A400M is approaching and, despite its size, I can almost always hear long it before I see it.
^ This.

Even at higher altitudes, the drone is quite noticeable. They pass over me every couple of days: either from the Gloucester direction heading south, or following the M4 out to the training areas in Wales. Noisy gurt things, second only to wokkas, but great to watch...
 

Bubbles_Barker

LE
Book Reviewer
I can always tell when an A400M is approaching and, despite its size, I can almost always hear it long it before I see it.
I don't doubt it - I think my point is that even a stealth bomber makes quite a lot of noise and, at 200' I personally can tell very little difference between A400M and C130J - I think you're unlikely to be surprised by the approach of a low/slow large prop-driven aircraft.
 

Bubbles_Barker

LE
Book Reviewer
During lockdown they were coming in and out of Gatwick.

It's a very distinctive sound and it really carries.
That's because it was taking off under full power ;-)
 
There has never been any intention of fly 'massed armoured hordes' anywhere - ever, not even for A400M.

You really do know absolutely nothing about this subject.
He's consistent then.
 
Paratroopers boarding a FAF Atlas last week during the FRA Army 11 Parachute Brigade Acinonyx FTX


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