Corgi AA29001 RAF Eurofighter Typhoon FGR4 Multi-Role Fighter - ZK349 GN-A, Flt. Lt. Ben Westoby-Brooks, No.29(R) Squadron, Battle of Britain, Typhoon Display Team, RAF Coningsby, Lincolnshire, Summer 2015 [Anniversary Scheme] (1:48 Scale)
"Obsolete weapons do not deter."
- British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher
The four-nation Eurofighter Typhoon is a foreplane delta-wing, beyond-visual-range, close air fighter aircraft with surface attack capability. Eurofighter has 'supercruise' capability: it can fly at sustained speeds of over Mach 1 without the use of afterburner.
Development of the aircraft has been carried out by Eurofighter GmbH, based in Munich and wholly owned by BAE Systems of the UK, Alenia Aeronautica of Italy and the EADS Deutschland (formerly DaimlerChrysler) and EADS Spain (formerly CASA). In January 2003, Norway signed an agreement for industrial participation in the project, but has not committed to purchase of the fighter. The EJ200 engine has been developed by Eurojet GmbH, in Munich which is owned by Rolls Royce, MTU Aero Engines, Fiat Aviazione and ITP.
One major advantage of the aircraft over current types is its ability to undertake 'swing role' missions. For these, Typhoon can be equipped to undertake both air-to-air and air-to-ground missions in a single sortie, switching between the two separate attack modes in flight, something not possible with a Tornado GR4 for example. And with nine underwing weapon-mounting points, Typhoon will be equipped with 2 x Advanced Short-Range Air-to-Air Missiles (ASRAAMs), 4 x Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAMs) whilst simultaneously carrying air-to-surface ordnance which could include Laser Guided Bombs (Paveway 2 and 3 or Enhanced Paveway), Brimstone anti-armour weapon, Storm Shadow cruise missiles and Air Launched Anti-Radiation Missiles (ALARMs), the aircraft packs a mighty punch. Ultimately, Meteor, a combination of rocket and air-breathing technology, will replace AMRAAM as Typhoon's primary long range air-to-air missile.
Pictured here is a 1:48 scale replica of a RAF Eurofighter Typhoon GR4 Multi-Role fighter that was flown by Flt. Lt. Ben Westoby-Brooks, who was attached to RAF No.29(R) Squadron, then deployed to RAF Coningsby, Lincolnshire, Summer 2015 and clad in a 75th anniversary Battle of Britain scheme.
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Historical Account: "Typhoon Season" - As Britain prepared to mark the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain in the early summer of 2015, the RAF were determined that their tribute would be a particularly impressive one. Under a cloak of relative secrecy, but soon to delight aviation enthusiasts everywhere, Eurofighter Typhoon FGR.4 ZK349 emerged from Coningsby's paint shops wearing very different markings to the standard grey scheme worn by Britain's current air superiority fighter. Looking completely different to any other Typhoon on the Coningsby ramp, this commemorative tribute aircraft was finished in a representation of a 1940 Fighter Command Battle of Britain scheme and RAF officials proudly announced that it would also be performing a synchro pair display routine with one of the BBMF's Spitfires at several Airshows that summer.
The markings were a representation of the scheme worn by Hawker Hurricane Mk.I P3576 of No.249 Squadron, the mount of Flight Lieutenant James Brindley Nicolson on August 16th, 1940, the day on which he would be awarded Fighter Command's only Victoria Cross of the Second World War. Wearing the same GN-A fuselage codes as Nicholson's Hurricane and displaying his personal 'Red Devil' emblem under the cockpit canopy, this Typhoon immediately became something of an Airshow phenomenon and was simply referred to as 'GINA' by Britain's army of besotted enthusiasts. Doing much for RAF public relations and recruitment numbers, this beautiful Typhoon definitely became the most popular individual RAF aircraft of the modern era. Since stories of the air battles of the First World War began to captivate the British public, fighter pilots and the nation's latest front line fighter aircraft have been a source of constant fascination and the main reason why so many young people dreamed about a career serving in the Royal Air Force. Over the past century, aircraft types such as the Sopwith Camel, Supermarine Spitfire and English Electric Lightning have not only protected the nation from potentially hostile air incursions, but also represented the most exciting machines produced by the British aviation industry, aircraft that anybody would love to have the opportunity fly.