A400M test flight

An interesting flight could be monitored on Feb. 28, 2011, thanks to Flightradar24: a test flight of the Airbus A-400M F-WWMT (which uses the Mode S and it is “seen” by ADS-B receivers) from Toulouse – Blagnac airport to Corse and return. The following screenshots were taken at 13.40Z, as the aircraft was flying at FL310 at 414KtsM, and at 14.16Z, as the plane was about to land at Toulouse (the track history shows the path followed by the multi-national four-engine turboprop transport aircraft).

On Feb. 15, Grizzly 1, as the A400M development is dubbed, had executed a series of AAR (air-to-air refuelling) trials using a RAF tanker operating from Toulouse, performing dry contacts with the VC10´s fuselage-mounted hose drum unit (HDU).

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