Airbus Unveils Gigantic A400M

After almost three decades of squabbles, the $24 billion troop-transporting Airbus A400M will finally woo crowds of plane-lovers during its first public display at the Berlin Air Show.

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    A400M at the Airfield

    June 7: The military transport aircraft of Airbus A400M stands at the airfield prior to the start of the International Air Show ILA at Schoenefeld airport in Berlin, where it makes its first public appearance. The ILA 2010 will take place in Berlin between June 8 and June 13, 2010.
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    June 7: The military transport aircraft of Airbus A400M lands at the airfield prior to the start of the International Air Show ILA at Schoenefeld airport in Berlin. The A400M to make its first public appearance at the Air Show, giving visitors an exclusive first glimpse of the all-new airlifter for the 21st century. The ILA 2010 will take place in Berlin between June 8 and June 13, 2010.
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    June 7: The military transport Airbus A400M lands at the airfield prior to the start of the International Air Show ILA at Schoenefeld airport in Berlin. Visitors will be able to get an exclusive first glimpse of the all-new airlifter for the 21st century.
    AP Photo/Jens Meyer
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    June 7: The military transport aircraft of Airbus A400M reflects in sunglasses prior to the start of the International Air Show ILA at Schoenefeld airport in Berlin -- where visitors will be able to get an exclusive first glimpse of the aircraft. The ILA 2010 will take place in Berlin between June 8 and June 13, 2010.
    AP Photo/Jens Meyer
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    Ready for Take-Off

    June 7: Technicians stand beside the military transport aircraft of Airbus A400M prior the start of the International Air Show ILA at Schoenefeld airport in Berlin. 
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    A400M at ILA Berlin

    The all-new A400M airlifter will be on display and flying during the first two days of the Berlin airshow.
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    New Year's Event

    Jan. 12: Photographers surround the New Year Press Conference stage, which was set against the backdrop of the No. 2 A400M military airlifter.
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    Shaking a Tail

    December 11: The A400M is trailed by a Spanish Air Force F/A-18 combat aircraft during the Airbus airlifter's first flight.
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    Airbus A400m First Flight

    Dec. 11: Powered by four 11,000-hp turboprop engines, the A400M demonstrated excellent performance during its maiden flight.
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    First Flight

    Dec. 11: A significant portion of the A400M's flight envelope was explored during the military airlifter's first mission on 11 December, 2009.
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    A400M Test Flight Crew

    Dec. 10: The six-member crew for Airbus Military’s A400M first flight is led by test pilot Ed Strongman.
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    A400M First Flight

    Dec. 11: The Military's new airlifter takes to the skies for the first time from Seville Airport in Spain.
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    Airbus A400m First Flight

    December 11: The A400M is a true multi-mission airlifter, having been designed for both tactical and strategic missions.
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