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Airbus A400M completes low-speed take-off tests

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The Airbus A400M airlifter has completed tests to determine the lowest speed at which it can take off; it is seen here at a pitch-up angle of 13 degrees. Photo: Airbus Military.

MADRID, SPAIN (BNS): The Airbus A400M has recently completed a challenging series of tests to determine the lowest speed at which it can take-off – known as minimum unstick speed or Vmu.

During the tests, performed at Istres in France, the aircraft’s nose was raised until a special ‘bumper’ fitted to the rear fuselage struck the ground at the maximum pitch-up angle of 13 degree, according to a Airbus Military news report.

The Airbus A400M is a multi-national four-engine turboprop military transport aircraft. It was designed by Airbus Military as a tactical airlifter with strategic capabilities.

Airbus Military is a business unit of Airbus, which is part of the EADS conglomerate.

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