Prepare for sanding! Moment giant 120-ton RAF military Airbus comes in to land on the beach of Wales during a training mission
- The four-engine aircraft can deliver 25 tons of cargo over a distance of 2,000 nautical miles
- A400M Atlas conducted routes on the Pembrey Sands beach in South Wales
- It was flown by 06 Squadron and LXX Squadron pilots from Brize Norton
Leigh Mcmanus for Mailonline
A series of spectacular beach landings was completed by a 120-tonne RAF company that tested its capabilities on sand.
The A400M Atlas manned by pilots from RAF Brize Norton, Oxfordshire, traveled to the Pembrey Sands beach in South Wales to maneuver, taxi and land.
Spectacular photos show the clotting Airbus-made beast that zigzags over the wet sand, reaching down before it quickly rises again. It was flown by 06 Squadron and LXX (70) Squadron pilots.
The A400M atlas during beach landing trails at Pembrey Sands beach in South Wales
The 45 m long plane is of vital importance in the relief missions of the Ministry of Defense, with room for 66 patient stretchers.
The four-engine turboprop aircraft can also deliver 25 tons of freight over 2000 nautical miles at an impressive speed.
The vessel was tested for its ability to land on unprepared runways, as it was in South Wales last year.
The RAF said: "Beaches are routinely used by the RAF for training activities with other tactical air transports.
The 45 m long plane is vital in the relief missions of the Ministry of Defense, with room for 66 stretchers
The A400M showed excellent tactical capabilities on natural surfaces by performing takeoff, landing and taxiing maneuvers. & # 39;
Images of a similar proficiency test on a beach in Wales last year show the true scale of the impressive machine.
The UK will operate a total of 22 aircraft based on RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire.
The RAF courier tested his options on sand, including taxis, take-off and landing
DE & S teams (Defense Equipment and Support) manage the continuous delivery of the aircraft and supervise trials to increase the number of operations that are qualified to be carried out.
James Dowson, THE & S Atlas Team Head, said: "UK Forces are known worldwide for their ability to be deployed quickly and effectively – the Atlas aircraft, which are instrumental to our people in delivering, is here in the future is central. & # 39;