The first Airbus Military A400M for the French Air Force is
taking shape in Seville (Spain), where its final assembly
line is located. The final assembly process for this aircraft,
known as MSN7, started last November.
The nose and fuselage are already integrated and the aircraft
was recently moved, on its landing gear, to the workstation in
which the structural assembly is carried out. Integration works for
the wing started last week and both the horizontal and the vertical
tailplanes, which have already been mated, have just been moved to
the final assembly station, known as Station 40, with the rest of
the aircraft. The A400M will then be powered up for the first time
before the aircraft is moved to the Ground System Tests area.
This aircraft, the first one in the series production, will be
delivered to France around the turn of the year 2012-2013. (Photo
provided by Airbus)