Moment giant 120-ton RAF military Airbus sweeps in to land on Welsh beach

Jaw-dropping footage shows how a massive RAF carrier performed a series of test landings at a beach in Wales.

The A400 Atlas transport plane undertook the gravity-defying maneuvers at Pembury Beach in Carmarthenshire.

In the video, the hulking aircraft lands on the beach before quickly taking off again.

The test were carried out in a bid to test the military aeroplane’s capability to land on unprepared runways, Wales Online reported.


The 120-ton plane, which is manufactured by Airbus, operates out of RAF Brize Norton, Oxfordshire.

The RAF said: "Beaches are routinely used by the RAF for training operations with other tactical airlifters.

"The A400M showcased its superb tactical capabilities on natural surfaces by performing take-off, landing and taxiing manoeuvres."


The Atlas can carry a 37-tonne payload to remote airfields, and can hold as many as 116 troops and a number of helicopters.

The plane has a gross weight of 120 tonnes and can carry 66 patients on stretchers.

It can reach around 485mph and has a range of around 2,000 miles.

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