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  • Airbus A380 Meets Eurofighter Typhoon
    Posted by Robert Wall 1:09 PM on Aug 23, 2011

    It may seem that there are still some hard feelings in Austria over the takeover of the national airline -- AUA -- by Lufthansa, or at least this picture of two Austrian air force Eurofighter Typhoons intercepting a Lufthansa A380 may suggest that:

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    (Photos: Bundesheer)

    Reality is more boring, however.

    The Eurofighters and the A380 were in a scripted training drill. The A380 was headed to Vienna for its christening as "Wien."

    The one fighter was dispatched to take down the airliner's registration number, identify the type, and nationality. The second is there to observe.

    One of the Eurofighters is shown carrying the IRIS-T air-to-air missile.

    Tags: tw99, ar99, Airbus, Eurofighter

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