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.”

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David Barry
David Barry
6 days 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
5 days 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
5 days 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
5 days ago

No sweat. 👍

John Clark
John Clark
5 days ago
Reply to  David Steeper

No sweat indeed …. 😰😰😰🤣🤣😂

David Steeper
David Steeper
5 days ago
Reply to  John Clark

😐😐….. 😄

Paul.P
Paul.P
5 days ago
Reply to  John Clark

Very good…homage 👏

Expat Alien
Expat Alien
5 days ago

Hear Hear

Challenger
Challenger
5 days ago

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

Supportive Bloke
Supportive Bloke
5 days 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
5 days ago

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

Darren hall
Darren hall
5 days ago

indeed…

Mark B
Mark B
5 days 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 5 days ago by Mark B
Mr Mark Franks
Mr Mark Franks
5 days 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
5 days ago
Reply to  David Barry

He’s off on holiday wi Boris n carrie.

J.p.lambe
J.p.lambe
5 days ago
Reply to  David Barry

What is that got to do with Aircraft

J.p.lambe
J.p.lambe
5 days ago
Reply to  David Barry

Also not worth the print ink….

Paul.P
Paul.P
5 days 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 5 days ago by Paul.P
DRS
DRS
5 days 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
5 days 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….😂

Jay R
Jay R
5 days ago

A400M is an impressive aircraft. Very maneuverable. And much larger than a C130. Interesting is the prop rotation, which is down between the engines. Similar to the Russian Bear. Need more of them. I would say 36, some with AAR for the upcoming Pavehawk procurement.

louis
louis
5 days ago
Reply to  Jay R

Are we actually getting Pavehawk!!!!!!!!???????

Craig
Craig
5 days ago
Reply to  louis

😂that’ll be the day.

Jay R
Jay R
5 days ago
Reply to  Craig

The fit for purpose RAF to counter Russia: 120 Blackhawks, 14 of which will be Pavehawks. 36 A400Ms. 160 Typhoons. 138 F35s of which 70 will be As the rest Bs. 60 Chinooks. 18 P8s. 48 Hawk T2s, and 6 overhauled and modified B2s with a shared US squadron, the airborne element of our nuclear deterrent.

David Lloyd
David Lloyd
5 days ago
Reply to  Jay R

I was with you until you mentioned the word “modified” ….Oh dear

Andrew D
Andrew D
5 days ago
Reply to  Jay R

Only if

Darren hall
Darren hall
5 days ago
Reply to  Jay R

And the wings are carbon fibre, just like the props on the C-130 J…
Unrepairable when damaged…..
Great

Jay R
Jay R
4 days ago
Reply to  Darren hall

Gorilla tape

Steve M
Steve M
5 days ago

Been another doing low level around South West today too

Challenger
Challenger
5 days 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
5 days 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
5 days 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
5 days 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 5 days ago by Hermes
Jay R
Jay R
5 days ago
Reply to  Hermes

This already exists and is in service C27J

Paul.P
Paul.P
5 days ago
Reply to  Jay R

C27J uses the same engines as C130J I believe and uses the same glass cockpit. I think the OSD for C130J was brought forward from 2030 to 2023 in the Integrated Defence Review. The AS400 planned numbers do look a bit low compared to France and Germany. It would make sense perhaps if AS200 replaced C130s for SF?

Paul.P
Paul.P
5 days ago
Reply to  Jay R

Used by the US Coastguard for maritime patrol and by US Special Operations Command and by Australia….
We should buy a couple of dozen to replace the C130Js and to augment the P8s for coastal work. The US army bought 78 …I’ll bet there are lots in storage going cheap.

Last edited 5 days ago by Paul.P
Hermes
Hermes
5 days ago
Reply to  Jay R

Since its a call from french politicians and military, its probably not really considered because not from Airbus.

Wait and see, I love the C27J..

John Clark
John Clark
5 days 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
5 days 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
5 days 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
5 days ago
Reply to  Hermes

Interesting proposal. See image below:

A410M_A200M.jpg
Hermes
Hermes
5 days ago
Reply to  Daveyb

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

Mr Mark Franks
Mr Mark Franks
5 days ago

Must be a slow news day.

Ant Phillips
Ant Phillips
5 days 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.