The Eurofighter Typhoon Turns 30 | Aviation

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Test pilot Peter Weger makes his maiden flight in the Eurofighter Typhoon on 27 March 1994. (Photo: Eurofighter)

The first Eurofighter development aircraft, DA1, performed its maiden flight on March 27, 1994 in Manching, Germany.

The Eurofighter Typhoon celebrates today the 30th anniversary of the maiden flight of the first development aircraft, DA1, from DASA’s site (now Airbus) in Manching, Germany on March 27, 1994. Flown by the company’s chief test pilot Peter Weger, the first Eurofighter, with the codes 98+29, took off in front of the crowd that gathered to witness the historic event.

“I knew that I was piloting an incredible aircraft and that we had something special,” said Weger. “It was one of those days that you will remember for the rest of your life.”

The aircraft DA1 flew with the RB199 engines, the same installed on the Tornado, which powered the first two development aircraft, while the third one, the Italian DA3, was the first to fly with the new Eurojet EJ200 engines, specifically developed for the Eurofighter, in 1995. The two engines of the Eurofighter produce around 150,000 horse-power and accelerate it up to Mach 2.35 – just under 2,900 km/, according to Airbus.

“Today is a special landmark and while we celebrate the people who dedicated their careers to creating an incredible aircraft, we can also look forward with excitement too,” said Eurofighter CEO Giancarlo Mezzanatto. “Because the aircraft they helped develop continues to go from strength to strength. That is their legacy”.

30 years later, the Eurofighter Typhoon fully matured into the all-weather, twin-engine, multi-role combat aircraft that can be employed efficiently for air-to-air and air-to-ground combat that we know today. Development is still ongoing to keep the Typhoon state-of-the-art for the next three decades with the Long-Term Evolution.

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