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The A400M military airlifter has dropped paratroopers for the first time

Airbus Military A400M drops paratroopers for the first time

Six freefall paratroopers made jumps from aircraft Grizzly Three in separate passes from 6,000ft at the Fonsorbes drop zone near Toulouse on 4 November.

The paratroopers, two each from the UK armed forces, French armed forces, and the French Centre d'Essais en Vol reported that the aircraft was easier to jump from than other transports. Four of them jumped from the left-hand side door, and two from the ramp.

In an earlier flight water-filled balloons were first dropped from the aircraft and, following the paratroopers, specially instrumented mannequins were dropped using static lines. Further trials are planned for 2011.

Press release issued by Airbus Military on November 9, 2010


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