While the JSF struggles, the Eurofighter has quietly clocked up 100,000 flight hours since it first became operational in the second half of 2003, an event which was celebrated earlier this week in Hallbergmoos, Germany and which gave rise to some nice photo opps with aircraft from the different nations emblazoned with “100,000”.
Spanish Air Force Typhoon
Royal Air Force Typhoon
Italian Air Force Typhoon
German Air Force Typhoon
Austrian Air Force Typhoon
Representatives from the four nation clients (Italy, Germany, Spain and the UK) were present at the ceremony together with those from the two export clients, Austria and Saudi Arabia.
Enzo Casolini, CEO of Eurofighter GmbH, said: “This achievement of the Eurofighter program is proof of the maturity of the platform and its reliability as a defense system.”
There are more than 260 Typhoons in service with six squadrons in Britain (four in Coningsby, one in Leuchars in Scotland and one in Mount Pleasant in the Falkland Islands or Islas Malvinas if you prefer); four in Italy (two in Grosseto and two in Gioia del Colle); three in Germany (Laage, Neuburg and Nörvenich); one each in Spain (Morón), Austria (Zeltweg) and Saudi Arabia. They have all contributed to the 100,000 hours.
Photo credits: Eurofighter