An A400M ‘Atlas’ transport aircraft has been conducting routine training in and around Glasgow International Airport.
The aircraft also visited the Isle of Man after leaving RAF Brize Norton.
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The aircraft appears to undertaking ‘touch and go’ training. A ‘touch and go’ landing involves landing on a runway and taking off again without coming to a full stop, with the pilot then usually circling the airport in a ‘circuit’ pattern to repeat the manoeuvre.
Doing so allows for many landings to be practiced in a short time period.
What does A400M ‘Atlas’ do?
According to the Royal Air Force website, Atlas has the ability to carry a 37-tonne payload over 2,000nm to established and remote civilian and military airfields, and short unprepared or semi-prepared strips. Capable of operating at altitudes up to 40,000ft, Atlas also offers impressive low-level capability.
“It will accommodate as many as 116 fully-equipped troops; vehicles; helicopters, including a Chinook; mixed loads, including nine aircraft pallets and 54 passengers, or combinations of vehicles, pallets and personnel, up to a payload of 37 tonnes.”