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Are there any A400M's currently flying around UK airspace?

Old 24th Aug 2016, 09:44
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Are there any A400M's currently flying around UK airspace?

Very large 4 engine prop with a high pitch tone is orbiting around my home in North Herefordshire at a few thousand feet - could it be an A400M? Didn't know we were operating them yet...?

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Old 24th Aug 2016, 10:07
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Since 2014 , and if you been to RIAT, last year and this year - it has been on display at the RAF Village,

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In service trials ongoing? Definitely flying in UK airspace and has been doing so for quite a few months.
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Old 24th Aug 2016, 11:55
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Turkish Air Force A400Ms are also regular visitors to RAF Mildenhall, Suffolk.
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One spotted over Blackpool last week;

Flying high over Blackpool RAF Airbus A400M
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Very large 4 engine prop with a high pitch tone is orbiting around my home in North Herefordshire at a few thousand feet - could it be an A400M? Didn't know we were operating them yet...?

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Turkish Air Force A400Ms are also regular visitors to RAF Mildenhall, Suffolk.
They were...
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Old 24th Aug 2016, 13:53
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There it goes again, 1430, over the lost lands behind the Malvern Hills.
Atlas, climbing NW following a similar track used by C130 and A330s during climb out.
Atlas not seen as often as 2-3 months ago when the local manoeuvres appeared to be test or training flights; lots of slow flying and with wheels down.
This green and pleasant land is normally an aerodynamically quite zone, occasionally interrupted by Hawk, Tornado, and Typhoon; possibly as a Boscombe play area.
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Old 24th Aug 2016, 14:03
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Saw ONE twice at approx 2000ft over Liverpool last week.
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When..., Brabazon had eight engines....
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Old 24th Aug 2016, 15:27
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RAF A400Ms are seen at Edinburgh Airport now and again.
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The have been occasionally sighted passing over LL-Mansions (Royal Wootton Bassett). Indeed, one came over heading south noon(ish) today.

I feel sure you are all delighted to be informed of such things...
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Brabazon had eight engines.
Yes, but only four propellers.
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Old 24th Aug 2016, 19:20
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They were...
Still using Mildenhall. See image of Turkish Air Force A400M landing on the 22nd August 2016.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/leeadc/28556935793/
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Turkish Air Force A400Ms are also regular visitors to RAF Mildenhall, Suffolk.
Heres my pic of one arriving at the 'Hall on Monday

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Old 24th Aug 2016, 22:15
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Thanks for the gen. After the Seville disaster I had assumed they'd be long delayed and had stopped paying attention until one flew over whilst trampolining in the garden this afternoon. They were hooning it about like a good 'un. Quite a distinctive noise I thought.


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Rough field landing trials today in East Anglia I believe?
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Some strip landing trials at Woodbridge.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_c...&v=0s_LMUpJT6w
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ynW0kD9MJlI
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Old 25th Aug 2016, 06:39
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They do seem to have quite a unique slightly whining sound at certain pitch settings. It's distinctive enough that folks regularly exposed are probably going to soon be able to identify the aircraft from the noise before they actually see it.
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