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0454 Airbus Military C-295M c/n S-074 - Czech AF 242.tsl - Leeuwarden AFB in Holland - 9 June 2016 Leeuwarden AFB (LWR)

The Airbus Military C-295M is a twin-engine multi-mission tactical transport aircraft with a max payload of up to 2 crew and 71 passengers. The C-295M twin-turboprop transport aircraft was developed by EADS CASA of Spain. The C-295 is a stretched derivative of the CN-235 transporter, with characteristic high-wing, rear-loader design. The aircraft is known for its short take-off and landing capability on semi-prepared runways and for the large payload capacity of 9,250kg. The landing and take-off run of just 320m and 670m allow the aircraft access to runways close to operational or crisis areas or where supplies and troops are needed. EADS CASA announced the aircraft in June 1997 and the prototype made its its maiden flight on 28 November 1997; followed by the first production arcraft on 22 December 1998. In 1999, the Spanish Ministry of Defence placed a contract for nine C-295M aircraft. The aircraft was granted INTA certification for military operations, and DGAG and FAA (FAR part 25) certification in 1999. More than 150 C-295 aircraft are on order or already built in Spain.

In May 2009, the Ministry of Defence of the Czech Republic signed an agreement for the acquisition of four C-295 military transport aircraft from Airbus Military as replacement of the fleet of Antonov An-26 aircraft. On 11 January 2010, the first C-295M ('0452' c/n 062) was handed over to the Czech Air Force (Vzdušné síly Armády České republiky) at Praha-Kbely Air Base. The 2010-built EADS CASA C-295M c/n S-074 entered service with the Czech Air Force as '0454' and is operated by 242.tsl (242nd Transport Squadron), based at Kbely. On 9 June 2016, Czech AF C-295M '0454' was seen at Leeuwarden AFB in the Netherlands prior the Luchtmachtdagen 2016.

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