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A400 EC-406

Post by james143611 » Mon Feb 19, 2018 2:41 am

Hello all,

I've taken up military spotting in the past year or so and have the Military Markings 2017 book by Howard J Curtis.

I've recently started to backdate some sightings from past shows, and I have A400 EC-406 logged at Fairford RIAT 2015.

Thing is I don't know where EC-406 is in the book, does it exist in that book? If so could someone point to where I can find it please?


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Re: A400 EC-406

Post by LTFT5 » Mon Feb 19, 2018 7:23 am

Hi,
The book you are using will only list UK aircraft with a military serial, i.e. those in service with the Royal Air Force/ Navy etc.
The serial you have is now ZM401, but flew as a demonstrator under EC-406, the book will not list the Airbus registrations.
In short EC-406 is now registered as ZM401 as it now fly's for the Royal Air Force after being delivered in Feb 2016.
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Re: A400 EC-406

Post by Freeman Lowell » Mon Feb 19, 2018 8:59 am

Confusion arises as the manufacturer of the A400M uses the registration series EC-XXX (where XXX represents numerals) as test registrations which, in some cases can be used more than once. EC-406 at Fairford in 2015 was and (still is) c/n 006.
EC-406 c/n 016 became ZM401.
So, the aircraft you saw was a manufacturers operated aircraft and,as LYFT5 says, will not be in Howard’s book.
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Re: A400 EC-406

Post by Davef68 » Mon Feb 19, 2018 9:22 am

Have a look here - EC-401 has been used a lot!

https://www.planespotters.net/productio ... irbus/A400

(EC- is of course the Spanish Civi Registration prefix, which is normally a letter combination, so presumably Airbus has the numeric ones as the aviation equivalent of trade plates!)

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Re: A400 EC-406

Post by james143611 » Mon Feb 19, 2018 2:07 pm

Ah thank you! I have seen it as ZM401 didn't realise that was that one. There was me like an idiot looking under 'Spain' for it!

Out of interest I assume the non-EU stuff is just selective stuff? I noticed the Wedgetail that was at RIAT last year is missing (but the other ones are there). Theres a couple of odd bits not in there either (Kawasaki P-1's assuming they are still about though)

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Re: A400 EC-406

Post by EGVP » Mon Feb 19, 2018 2:31 pm

james143611 wrote:Ah thank you! I have seen it as ZM401 didn't realise that was that one. There was me like an idiot looking under 'Spain' for it!
That's the point, you haven't.

The EC-406 that you've seen is a different one to the one that is now ZM401.

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Re: A400 EC-406

Post by Supra » Mon Feb 19, 2018 2:38 pm

Freeman Lowell wrote:Confusion arises as the manufacturer of the A400M uses the registration series EC-XXX (where XXX represents numerals) as test registrations which, in some cases can be used more than once. EC-406 at Fairford in 2015 was and (still is) c/n 006.
EC-406 c/n 016 became ZM401.
So, the aircraft you saw was a manufacturers operated aircraft and,as LYFT5 says, will not be in Howard’s book.
Freeman
Soooo, 'LTFT5' is correct about not being in the Book & the Fairford 2015 iteration being MSN 006 & remaining operated by Airbus Military! Glad that's all cleared-up then. :whistle:
Was EC406 MSN016 ever seen at a Public Event before becoming ZM401??
Therefore, unless you've seem ZM401 in those actual markings subsequently, you haven't seen this airframe before? ;)
EDIT- AS stated by EGVP.

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Re: A400 EC-406

Post by james143611 » Mon Feb 19, 2018 3:23 pm

Oh I see sorry, got confused with the post further up.

Supra - so cn 006 is still with Airbus?

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Re: A400 EC-406

Post by bizfreeq » Mon Feb 19, 2018 3:37 pm

Yes
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