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 A 400M Programme update

First A400M fuselage delivery

The first A400M fuselage was delivered to Getafe on March 17th, 2007 for integration with the Nose fuselage, wings and empennage into a complete aircraft designated "A/C 5000". The static test programme, lasting over a year, is extremely rigorous and is designed to discover the mechanical properties and structural limits of the aircraft prior to certification. In order to achieve this A/C 5000 will, eventually, be tested to destruction.

The first complete fuselage barrel is the largest Airbus structures yet carried by the Beluga aircraft. Four more A400M fuselages are in series production at the Integrated Fuselage Assembly facility (IFA) in Bremen and are currently being equipped before delivery to the FAL. The fuselage barrels will be delivered complete with internal systems as well as their cargo ramps and rear doors.

 

Out in front

The first A400M nose fuselage at Getafe in SpainOn February 20th the first complete nose fuselage section of the A400M was delivered from Saint-Nazaire in France to the Getafe test facility in Madrid. This major sub-assembly was transported by a Beluga Super Transport which first flew to Seville with its cargo to undertake manoeuvring and unloading trials at the Final Assembly Line (FAL). Equipped with all hydraulic, pneumatic and electrical systems and fitted with strain gauges, the nose fuselage section is the first element of a complete airframe destined for use in the static test programme.

The delivery of the first A400M nose fuselageThe main fuselage barrel, wings and empennage will shortly arrive for integration at Getafe into a complete aircraft designated "A/C 5000". The static test programme, lasting over a year, is extremely rigorous and is designed to discover the mechanical properties and structural limits of the aircraft prior to certification. In order to achieve this A/C 5000 will, eventually, be tested to destruction.

 

 

 

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