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.

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 practised 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.”

George has a degree in Cyber Security from Glasgow Caledonian University and has a keen interest in naval and cyber security matters and has appeared on national radio and television to discuss current events. He also works for the NHS. George is on Twitter at @geoallison
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David Barry
David Barry
6 months ago

The fly in the ointment and what is defence news is that Andrew Windsor has been stripped of his Royal titles – can we have an article?

David Steeper
David Steeper
6 months ago
Reply to  David Barry

There’s gonna be no shortage of coverage on news sites. You’ll be spoiled for choice for anything you want to know about him. Same with Boris Johnson’s escapades.

Supportive Bloke
Supportive Bloke
6 months ago
Reply to  David Barry

Why is that defence news?

The news was that he never knew his place in the world. Rude, boorish, & arrogant when I met him many years ago.

Also not very bright.

Avoided going to anything he might have been at after that encounter.

Total waste of space IMHO. And I won’t generally say anything negative about a veteran who has been to war.

David Steeper
David Steeper
6 months ago

No sweat. 👍

John Clark
John Clark
6 months ago
Reply to  David Steeper

No sweat indeed …. 😰😰😰🤣🤣😂

David Steeper
David Steeper
6 months ago
Reply to  John Clark

😐😐….. 😄

Paul.P
Paul.P
6 months ago
Reply to  John Clark

Very good…homage 👏

Expat Alien
Expat Alien
6 months ago

Hear Hear

Challenger
Challenger
6 months ago

And yet he’s The Queen’s favourite.Go figure!

Supportive Bloke
Supportive Bloke
6 months ago
Reply to  Challenger

I feel very sorry for HM, after her magnificent service, having this going on without Philip and just before the Jubilee.

Very, very sad.

geoff
geoff
6 months ago

Agree 100%. And Boris must go-like him or not!

Darren hall
Darren hall
6 months ago

indeed…

Mark B
Mark B
6 months ago

Well I suppose it has something to do with the military titles that he has relinquished. We are also in an age of unconventional warefare with poisonings, microwaves etc. We will need to find a way to combat malicious prosecutions of royals, policitians, military, civil servants etc. as they are probably going to be just another weapon in the arsenals of unscrupulous states (not that I am suggesting for one minute that is the case here). It might also be a good move to provide a way for bored royals to be useful and occupied to stop them getting into… Read more »

Last edited 6 months ago by Mark B
Mr Mark Franks
Mr Mark Franks
6 months ago

Yes I agree. I met him on a number of occasions and I found him to be an unpleasant person who thought nothing of belittling his gofers in front of people.

Craig
Craig
6 months ago
Reply to  David Barry

He’s off on holiday wi Boris n carrie.

J.p.lambe
J.p.lambe
6 months ago
Reply to  David Barry

What is that got to do with Aircraft

J.p.lambe
J.p.lambe
6 months ago
Reply to  David Barry

Also not worth the print ink….

Paul.P
Paul.P
6 months ago
Reply to  David Barry

You mean Prince Emeritus Andrew?
I read somewhere that senior army officers had written an open letter to HM asking for his military patronages to be removed. Glad to see after a series of embarrassing incidents within the army itself that they have rediscovered their self respect and the courage to speak out. MI5 has called out the Chinese spy. Boris is being brought down to earth. Gove is funding the cladding disgrace. Time are changing. The people are finding their voice. Brexit and covid are working. We are recovering our self respect.

Last edited 6 months ago by Paul.P
DRS
DRS
6 months ago
Reply to  Paul.P

Yes but was published and gathered by an anti monarchy group (republica.com?). Always an agenda with these things. Who knows if he is a kiddy fiddler; now it is “he says she says”, plenty of memes on it, but right call not to be aligned with anything military or with “the frim” now until it is cleared up one way or the other.

Paul.P
Paul.P
6 months ago
Reply to  DRS

Not seen the names: supposedly 150 veterans..no longer one supposes bound by their oath to serve the Queen’s heirs. Part of a general trend…re-fighting the English Civil War. Parliament chose the Orange and hence the Hanoverian line because it couldn’t decide between the rightful Stuart heir and Puritanism; making indecision a signature characteristic of British institutional culture. The rest as they say is history….😂

Steve M
Steve M
6 months ago

Been another doing low level around South West today too

Challenger
Challenger
6 months ago

Good looking aircraft for such a big transport. Still think using them for all of the SF work Hercules currently undertakes is as discreet as using a sledgehammer to crack a nut!

Hermes
Hermes
6 months ago
Reply to  Challenger

That’s probably why the project of a “A200M” is on the way.
(And aircraft between the size of the C295 and the C130)

Farouk
Farouk
6 months ago

Thats a fantastic picture of a really good looking aircraft (Yes I’m a spotter) on that note, I read something the otherday about a mini me version of the A400.

Hermes
Hermes
6 months ago
Reply to  Farouk

Yeah, the famous “A200M”, between the size of a C295 and C130.
Some are talking about a smaller A400M with 2 props.

Last edited 6 months ago by Hermes
John Clark
John Clark
6 months ago
Reply to  Hermes

I haven’t heard of the proposed A200 Hermes, seems an odd project to embark upon considering the overcrowded market in twin engine transport types….

Hermes
Hermes
6 months ago
Reply to  John Clark

“A200M” is a non official name.
For the target (market) of such plane, yeah, its a bit complex, for what I know, its just a talk between Spain and France (Maybe IT too?, highly supported by some french politicians because our C235 are dying).

But I like the idea of baby A400M, just for take a look at the design… I’m a simple man.

Steve M
Steve M
6 months ago
Reply to  Hermes

We have c-17 & A400M for big long range loads i think C-295 would be good to replace C-130 & -146. also has MPA, Gunship, AAR options so if those could be modular could provide additional surge to numerous types. Only plus for C27J is it has same internal dims as C-130 so pallets can straight transferred but as we ditching C-130’s not an issue.

Daveyb
Daveyb
6 months ago
Reply to  Hermes

Interesting proposal. See image below:

A410M_A200M.jpg
Hermes
Hermes
6 months ago
Reply to  Daveyb

Oh yes, it was this with only 2 props and a smaller A400M frame:

Mr Mark Franks
Mr Mark Franks
6 months ago

Must be a slow news day.

Ant Phillips
Ant Phillips
6 months ago

We get them in and out of CWL (Cardiff-Wales) on a fairly regular basis, just doing circuits, easy to identify even when you can’t see them, the A400M has an unmistakeable sound.