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Airbus A400 pilot performs a near vertical take-off

  • The 76-tonne Airbus A400M looks as if it is about to do a backward somersault 
  • Incredible clip is from Royal International Air Tattoo air show in Gloucestershire
  • The crowds watch excitedly from below as the plane soars metres above them  

Jaw-dropping footage shows a pilot perform a near vertical take-off in a 70-tonne plane before circling round in an incredible display of agility.

Soaring into the air at an almost 90-degree angle, the Airbus A400M looks as if it is about to do a backward somersault during the impressive maneuver.

The astonishing clip was filmed at the Royal International Air Tattoo air show in Gloucestershire.

The footage begins with the plane, which weighs about 76 tonnes, gradually building up speed as it zooms down the runway.

It then flawlessly takes off and within seconds the pilot maneuvers it into a near-vertical angle.

He then steers smoothly to the right, gliding high above the airfield.

The Airbus A400M flawlessly takes off and within seconds the pilot maneuvers it into a near-vertical angle

The astonishing clip was filmed at the Royal International Air Tattoo air show in Gloucestershire

The astonishing clip was filmed at the Royal International Air Tattoo air show in Gloucestershire

Crowds watch excitedly from below as it soars metres above them, heading back in their direction.

The clip ends with the plane sailing off into the distance. 

The footage begins with the plane, which weighs about 76 tonnes, gradually building up speed as it zooms down the runway

The footage begins with the plane, which weighs about 76 tonnes, gradually building up speed as it zooms down the runway

Crowds watch excitedly from below as it soars metres above them, heading back in their direction

Crowds watch excitedly from below as it soars metres above them, heading back in their direction

Posted on YouTube in July last year, it has been viewed more than half a million times. 

The Royal International Air Tattoo is the world’s largest military air show.

It is held every year in July at the Royal Air Force base in the town of Fairford, Gloucestershire.



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