His Majesty King Juan Carlos I of Spain flew in the new aircraft the Military Airbus A400M which took off from Torrejon Air Base on March 1, 2012. His Majesty was accompanied by the Minister of Industry, Energy and Tourism, Mr. José Manuel Soria, Mr. José Jiménez Ruiz, the Delegate Director (CEO) of Airbus, Mr. Tom Enders, and Airbus Military President and Chairman of EADS CASA, Mr. Domingo Ureña.
His Majesty the King has been the first Head of State, which has flown in the Airbus Military A400M, on a flight which last roughly 40 minutes long. The pilots of the Military A400M Airbus were Mr. Edward Strongman, Mr. Ignacio Lombo, and Mr. Fernando Alonso. During the flight His Majesty King Juan Carlos I took the controls of the aircraft and at an altitude of about 10,000 feet and made a series of maneuvers, including cornering, and more.
Source and photo courtesy of Casa de Su Majestad el Rey