Luftwaffe A400M’s Africa mission


The last week of August saw a German Air Force A400M took off at its Maximum Take-off Weight (MTOW) of 141 tonnes from Wunstorf for a week-long mission in Africa.

First stop was Dakar where it delivered spare parts and chemicals for water treatment plants in Senegal. From there, the aircraft reached Windhoek in Namibia in under nine hours.

The third stop of the mission was Dar Es Salaam in Tanzania. The plane then flew to Addis Ababa in Ethiopia where it delivered tables and chairs for local schools.

The fourth step was Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, where the A400M experienced the most demanding environment of the mission with outside air temperature above 45ºC and humidity beyond 75%.

The A400M flew back to Europe on August 31 after a week-long mission of more than 23 000 km in five different countries in Africa and the Middle East.

The German Air Force operates its first A400M of an order of 53 aircraft within the Lufttransportgeschwader 62 (LTG 62) / Air Transport Wing 62 at Wunstorf AB near Hannover.