(as the previous thread had been drifting off-topic and was at 200 replies anyway, I think it's worth starting a new, dedicated thread to comment all the happenings immediately before, during and after the first flight).
Good luck to the Airbus Military flight test team!
EBJ1248650 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 1932 posts, RR: 2 Reply 2, posted (3 years 12 months 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 12250 times:
Arm chair strategists and engineers are always available to beat up a new airplane. This is especially true during the design and development stage. As has been said before, once the bird gets into service, all that stuff is forgotten and what the plane is doing in operation becomes the topic of discussion. My sincere hope is that the A400M does very well and meets and even excedes expectations.
EPA001 From Netherlands, joined Sep 2006, 4249 posts, RR: 37 Reply 20, posted (3 years 12 months 23 hours ago) and read 10976 times:
Quoting NicoEDDF (Reply 18): My stream isn't working either, nevertheless, great to know its flying.
Yes it is. Great news for this interesting, but troubled program. I hope (and expect) that if she enters service, she will deliver all that is promised and will make it a fantastic plane for the air forces who have ordered them.
NicoEDDF From Germany, joined Jan 2008, 1093 posts, RR: 1 Reply 23, posted (3 years 12 months 23 hours ago) and read 10948 times:
Quoting EPA001 (Reply 20): Yes it is. Great news for this interesting, but troubled program. I hope (and expect) that if she enters service, she will deliver all that is promised and will make it a fantastic plane for the air forces who have ordered them.
It will be a fantastic plane.
I had the honour to work with a supplier for the program 2007 & 2008 - its just a fatanstic aircraft and will be an incredible step forward for the forces!