Today, i’m bringing you the cargo plane that is meant to face the Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules, the aircraft i’m talking about is the Airbus A400M Atlas.
With it’s first flight done in December 2009, the Atlas is designed to be a tactical airlifter with strategic capabilities, it was brought to the market as a replacement to older turboprop cargo aircraft such as the Transall C-160 and the C-130 Hercules. The A400M is set between the C-130 and the C-17 in terms of size and that is one of it’s best features as it can carry heavier loads than the Hercules while still being able to land in rough landing strips.
Cargo transport is not the only thing the Atlas can do, it also has a configuration for mid-air refueling and MEDEVAC, if proper equipment has been fitted onto the plane.
As a result of development delays, the project faced cancellation but the nations involved with it decided to maintain the support as a result, the A400M was brought into life and in 2013 the first production aircraft was delivered to the Armee de l’air (French Air Force).
Some of the most notable fact of the Atlas is the material of the wings that is carbon fibre reinforced plastic to make the plane lighter than other transport aircraft, it’s engines features counter-rotating propellers, this means that each pair of engines in the Atlas wings rotate in opposite directions, this configuration, known as “down between engines” (DBE), allows the aircraft to produce more lift and lessens the torque and prop wash on each wing. It also reduces yaw in the event of an outboard engine failure.
Well, that’s it for this photo series, as always, if you want to send me any suggestions or photos, don’t hold back, send them to me and i’ll be more than happy to upload them!
Context: My group’s ranger was on a sidequest to get her first animal companion. She had been magically transported to another plane of existence with an ex-nun-rogue, Wilona, who was not a very social person, or a very good nun. While walking through a forest, the two became surrounded by tall elf-like creatures speaking a language they did not understand. The nun tried speaking abyssal, but the strangers did not understand or recognize the language. The ranger, Talia was quick to discover that the strangers spoke common.
Stranger: You come from the material plane. What is your purpose here?
Wilona (in abyssal): We came to yiff.
DM: No, you do not get to say that and get away with it. Roll the D-20 to see what language you said that in.
She rolled, and of course, it was a three.
DM: You said that in Common.
Stranger: To yiff? We are unfamiliar with that term. What does it mean?
Wilona: It’s a church term.
Stranger: It is religious?
Wilona: Yes, it’s a big thing at my church. We yiff 2, 3 times a service. I’m a nun so I actually spend most of my free time thinking about different ways to yiff.
Stranger: I see. This yiffing, does it take place with many people?
Wilona: Sometimes, but with a lot of people yiffing can get confusing.
Stranger (to Talia): Do you partake in the yiffing?
Talia: No! I’m more of a bodyguard. You see-
Wilona: She's lying, we’ve yiffed together before. It’s an honor.
The strangers ended up helping Wilona and Talia get back to their own plane of existence, but in return they had to show them what yiffing was. They stood in a circle, lit incense, and sang a song to the goddess of the moon.
Wilona: That was actually a nice service. It’s too bad we told them to call that yiffing.