The first Spanish Air Force Airbus A-400M landed at Zaragoza Air Base.

A-400M and personnel during delivery ceremony

December 1, 2016 - The first Airbus A-400M, which has been incorporated into the Spanish Air Force 31st Wing, landed at Zaragoza Air Base.

At 15:40, the brand-new military transport aircraft touched-down on the runway at Zaragoza after having completed a short journey from Sevilla-San Pablo Airport, from where it had taken off an hour and ten minutes before.

Travelling on board the new T.23, as the A400-M is known in the Spanish Air Force, was the Secretary of State for Defence (SEDEF), Agustín Conde Bajén, and the Chief of Staff of the Air Force (JEMA), Air General Francisco J. García Arnáiz.

Upon their arrival, the Secretary of State for Defence and the Chief of Staff were received by the Head of Zaragoza Air Base, Brigadier General Antonio Francisco Nebot Mas, and by the Head of the 31st Wing, Colonel Andrés Gamboa de la Calleja.

A-400M and authoties during delivery ceremony

The military act for the reception of the aircraft began with the delivery of a narrative about transport aircraft in our Air Force. Then came the most emotional moment: the MAGEN music unit played the Imperial March while the hanger doors were opened; the T.23 stationed on the apron was revealed, at the same time as which it was baptized by two jets of water fired across its fuselage.

The Chief of Staff next addressed the guests before proceeding with the symbolic delivery of the plane to the Head of the 31st Wing; a unit which, as of yesterday, has an exclusive new tenant.

Patch SpAF 31st Wing


Source and Pics: Spanish AF media release
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