[ stop the slideshow ]

#1566 Italian Air Force - Eurofighter EF-2000 Typhoon T (CSX55092 / 319)

20050618-047 Italian Air Force - Eurofighter EF-2000 Typhoon T (CSX55092 IT001 319) Le Bourget FR.jpg Thumbnails#1565 Italian Air Force - Eurofighter EF-2000 Typhoon T (CSX55092 / 319)

Eurofighter EF-2000 Typhoon T (CSX55092 / 319) from the Italian Air Force at the 46th International Paris Air Show (SIAE) 2005, Le Bourget (France)
Built in 2003 by Alenia Aeronautica in Italy with C/N IT001. She was one of the first delivered to the "Reparto Sperimentale Volo" (Experimental Flight Department) of the Italian Air Force in February 2004, and received the official registration MM55092 when she entered active service.
The Eurofighter is produced in single-seat (S) and twin-seat (T) variants. The twin-seat variant is not used operationally, but only for training.

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 (Germany) and wholly owned by BAE Systems of the UK, Alenia Aeronautica of Italy
and the EADS Deutschland (formerly DaimlerChrysler in Germany) and EADS Spain (formerly CASA).
The aircraft was known as Eurofighter EFA from the late 1980s until it was renamed EF 2000 in 1992.