#6053 German Air Force - Airbus A400M Atlas (54+26)
Airbus A400M Atlas (54+26) from the German Air Force doing a low-pass at Hamburg-Finkenwerder Airport (Airbus' Hamburg facility, Germany)
In celebration of 50 years of Airbus this A400M Atlas (54+26) from the German Air Force (Luftwaffe) made a low-pass at the Airbus' Hamburg facility.
On Wednesday, 29 May 2019, Airbus celebrated its first five decades. The company was born at the Paris Air Show on 29 May 1969, when French transport minister Jean Chamant sat with German economics minister Karl Schiller to sign an agreement to launch the world's first wide-body twin-engine passenger jet, the A300. Since then, Airbus has become a leader in designing, manufacturing and delivering aerospace products, services and solutions to a customer base that spans the globe – with operations for commercial aircraft, helicopters, defence and space.
The German Air Force (Luftwaffe) followed the French Air Force, Turkish Air Force, Royal Malaysian Air Force and Royal Air Force (RAF) in inducting the Airbus A400M four-turboprop transport into operational service. Its first A400M unit is Lufttransportgeschwader 62 (Air Transport Wing 62) at Wunstorf near Hannover. Training activities are going on there as the fleet builds, Germany having ordered 53 A400Ms for tactical and logistics transport duties. All the operational examples will be concentrated at Wunstorf. The new airlifter is replacing the Transall C-160D.