Airbus A400-M has taken off on maiden flight

#6
looks like a b'stard child of a herc and a casa 121

Fuselage could do with lengthening to get a useful payload, or is that the plan?
Once HMG stump up enough to but a few, EADS suddenly find 'the new and improved version' and UK get shafted again
 
#7
It's nearly rivaling Lynx Wildcat for ugliness. Could they possibly make that tailplane any higher? Anyone know why they had to make it high enough to take out satellites in low orbit?
 
#8
It's nearly rivaling Lynx Wildcat for ugliness. Could they possibly make that tailplane any higher? Anyone know why they had to make it high enough to take out satellites in low orbit?
 
#9
lofty_lofty said:
It's nearly rivaling Lynx Wildcat for ugliness. Could they possibly make that tailplane any higher? Anyone know why they had to make it high enough to take out satellites in low orbit?
Im sure there is an aerodynamic reason to have the tail that big, C17 has a tall "T" shaped tail as well. :roll:
 
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#10
Just a guess, but at high angle of attack, the tailplane would be in the propwash, giving greater control at low airspeeds.

OTOH, the brains at Airbus might just as well have been playing Pin The Tail On The Donkey on the day they designed the back-end.
 
#11
Well I hope it turns out to be a Great Success.
But to be honest I am left wondering just what long distance wars are being planned for, The Future Very Small British Armed Forces.
No matter who wins the next election the Defence Budget will be slashed, the days of present Luxurious spending will soon be gone.
john
Now I remembers the Belfast, 2 Sioux and 2 Scouts on trip back from Cyprus.
 
#12
A C17 with propellers, but smaller. 'kin genius.
 

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