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Beach landing for airbus A400M

Huge Airbus A400M Atlas makes spectacular beach landing ( More...

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This beach is actually a weapons training area know as 'Pembrey Sands Air Weapons Range', hence the control tower. The fairly close by Airfield is the disused Pembrey Sands RAF Station now known as Pembrey West Wales Airport.
Not the only article by any means but a good place to start is a potted history here
Mike Mohle 2
Are the props on each wing contra-rotating?
Tim Shaffer 2
Counter rotating, meaning each pair of props turns in opposite directions. However, the engines all turn in the same direction, and two of the props are switched by a gear mechanism. This means that AB doesn't have to produce two different engines.
djames225 3
Part of that about the actual engine portion itself being the same, and a gear, is correct. However there are 2 different complete engine assemblies made. Both use a gearbox but when ordering up a replacement assembly, specify baseline/prop clock or handed/prop counterclock. Handed uses an extra gear, in the gearbox, to achieve counterclock rotation.
Still makes us a a tad angry thou. European protectionism opted for the troubled Europrop TP400 unit over the P&WC PW180 unit, even thou the later was cheaper, weighted less and proven to actually work.
Tim Shaffer 1
Thanks for the details.
djames225 1
No Mike. Similar idea using a turbine engine to drive the gearbox. But in this case it's single prop driven 1 direction only, either clockwise (baseline) or counterclockwise (handed)
With contra-rotation, that gearbox actually has two portions to it with the rear portion (baseline) driving the front portion (handed)
Michael Hope 1
The contra-rotating propellers do not need to be driven by a turbine engine, it could be a piston engine. One example is the Rolls Royce Griffon engine as used on the Avro Shackleton that used contra-rotating propellers.
Torsten Hoff 1
Yes they are.
Michael Hope 0
No, they are not contra-rotating by definition, as each power plant has only one propeller. They are actually counter-rotating by definition, which is the propeller/power plant output shaft turns different direction on each engine on each wing.
bigkahuna400 1
Also interesting to see it backup all by itself as well....did not miss a beat
Torsten Hoff 2
Tugs are hard to come by on a beach. ;)
bentwing60 2
But apparently not a control tower seen at 56", 2'25", and 3'59" for a while. Is there a concrete runway out of view? Who knows, but a laden C130 or lightly laden C17 could pull it off, only they wouldn't call it an Airbus ad.
matt jensen 1
We lamded ours on grass and gravel strips too
Torsten Hoff 1
There is a RAF air base nearby. The tower you saw exists because the Pembrey Sands are frequently used for training.,-4.3686446,259m/data=!3m1!1e3
bentwing60 1
Thanks Torsten cause' i'm gettin' tired of doin' the homework and the "Pembrey Sands are frequently used for training". might lead one to a strong suspicion that this was not the first time that crew had flown that airplane onto that beach.
Torsten Hoff 1
Yes, I've seen other videos of beach landings there, including with the C130.
sparkie624 1
This looks like a Direct Copy of the C-130.... Wonder how much Airbus used the C130 technology. Other than Being larger and more wheels, I think the C-130 is over all better in my opinion.
matt jensen 1
It is, right down to the six bladed props
matt jensen 1
Correction 8 blades
It's larger than the C130J


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