Quote: "The British Royal Air Force’s (RAF) A400M Atlas aircraft has carried out beach landing trials on Pembrey Sands beach in southern Wales.
The trials were conducted for the first time and involved 206 Squadron members and engineers front-line squadron LXX based at RAF Brize Norton.
During the trials, the Airbus-built turboprop military transport aircraft performed take-off, landing and taxiing manoeuvres. The test proved the aircraft’s tactical capabilities on a range of surfaces, including natural surfaces.
In addition, it allowed the military aircrew to practice and hone their skills in flying the tactical airlifter.
206 Squadron pilot flight lieutenant Cheng said: “The advanced flight deck of the A400M and cutting-edge fly by wire controls made this task easier to fly than other platforms. We are now looking forward to the challenge of conducting this operation using night vision goggles later in the trial.”
Beaches have also been used for pleasure flights. There's a nice video on the Moving Image Archive website showing an Avro 548 of Pleasure Flying Services using the beach at St Andrew's, Fife circa 1929
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My initial focus was on the beaches being used by Hercules & A400 training and testing , ie Saunton and Pembrey ( I think Pendine is not used?) but there have been many instances of Pleasure Flights and Aerial Joy RIdes using beaches particularly in the 1920s ( Avro 504 and DH9, etc) and in the mid 1950s (Auster and Hornet Moth among others), thinking in particular of Skegness and Cleethorpes beaches in Lincolnshire