A British A400M Atlas transport aircraft has visited Japan.

Landing at the Miho Base of the Japanese Air Self Defence Force, this latest development marks the first time landing of an RAF aircraft in a JASDF base and also the first A400M Atlas to fly to the Far East.

Crew from 70 Squadron and 24 Squadron based in RAF Brize Norton also met with counterparts in the JASDF 403 Squadron of the 3rd Tactical Airlift Wing.

Captain of the flight Squadron leader Stu Patton said:

“I feel privileged to visit Japan. From start to finish, it has been a phenomenal experience.

The crew had an excellent opportunity to learn about capabilities of JASDF aircraft and have been honoured by the hospitality offered by our hosts at Miho Airbase.”

Before arriving in Japan the Atlas and its crew visited locations including Seoul for the Aerospace and Defence Exhibition.

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