Enormous Airbus A400M Atlas executes dazzling beach landing

  • Check out this footage of an Airbus A400M Atlas landing in wet weather on a beach
  • The aircraft hails from RAF Brize Norton, UK
  • The landing was flawless despite the conditions

Published on Jul 11, 2024 at 8:50 PM (UTC+4)
by Amelia Jean Hershman-Jones

Last updated on Jul 12, 2024 at 2:38 PM (UTC+4)
Edited by Tom Wood

This footage of an Airbus A400M Atlas landing in wet weather on a beach is completely mesmerizing.

The military aircraft, which hails from RAF Brize Norton, made a rare visit to Pembrey Sands Air Weapons Range in Wales.

In spite of the conditions, the landing was flawless.

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The landing

The plane was captured by Dafydd Phillips at Pembrey Sands to conduct natural surface operations in the wet weather.

And before the footage was filmed and the landing executed, the pilot conducted some low approaches and some touch-and-go operations.

The latter involves the aircraft landing before immediately accelerating and taking off without stopping.

That was before the pilot was given the all-clear to land the 76-ton aircraft on the beach.

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The Airbus A400M Atlas

The Airbus A400 M Atlas, named after the Greek mythological god of strength and endurance, entered operational service with the Royal Air Force (RAF) in 2014.

Atlas C.1 A400M ‘provides tactical airlift and strategic oversize lift capabilities complementing those of the Hercules and C-17 fleets’ per the RAF’s website.

These had been the tried and trusted workhorse of the RAF’s air transport fleet for decades.

The UK was the third country to operate the aircraft, after France and Turkey.

Dafydd Phillips

The $3.6 billion program saw a total of 22 aircraft delivered to the RAF over the years.

Its powerplant boasts four 11,000shp EuroProp International TP400 turboprops.

Its size is mammoth: 45.10m (147ft 11 inches) long, 14.70m (48 ft 2¾ inches) high with an impressive wingspan of 42.40m (139 ft 1¼ in).

Its heft can reach an altitude of 40,000ft and reach a maximum speed of 741km/h (400kt).

It can travel for 7,593km (4,100nm) without refueling, carrying up to 37,000kg (81,600lb).

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Amelia Jean Hershman-Jones

London-based Amelia cut her journalistic teeth covering all things lifestyle, wellness and luxury in the UK capital. Fast-forward a decade and the experienced content creator and editor has put pen to paper for glossy magazines, busy newsrooms and coveted brands. When her OOO is on you can find her spending quality time with her young family, in the gym or exploring the city she loves.