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A400M Biggest Bird to not fly in a long time!

 
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Nice pics of the A400M sitting on the taxiways. Only problem is the engines dont work yet, so it still hasnt flown. As a matter of fact, the C-130 engine test aricraft still hasnt flown yet either. I guess the protectionist decision to go with an all new Euro only designed engine instead of the proven US powerplant is biting this bird in the butt! Laughing






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PostMon Jan 5 20:48:59 2009
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They need to buy US. Smile We have an eight bladed turbo C130, don't we?
I read they tested the engine on a C 130 that had three regular engines and the Airbus turbo on it. I guess they wanted to make sure they got back! Laughing

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Serves them right. They opted for protectionism and to build their own engine instead of using a proven US plant...

As a result, this bird is just sitting on the ground while their oh so great (not) new engine continues to fail...
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It's just serves them right! Smile Those Euro snobs. The plane should be named "The Dodo Bird". Laughing Laughing

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And with the recession, orders are being cancelled for it by the countries that had originally ordered it...
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Did anybody place orders that were NOT involved in the production?
I'm not so sure it fills a legitimate niche between the 17 and 130.
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They are desperately trying to market it to the USAF...

Doubt they will make a sale though...

Lockmart is coming out with an enlarged Herc to combat it...

BTW I can built this bird for FAF if you guys think its worth it...
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