Eurofighter EF-2000 Typhoon FGR4 (ZK318) from the Royal Air Force at the RIAT 2018, RAF Fairford (United Kingdom)
Wearing special "RAF 100" marking on the tail in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the RAF
The Eurofighter Typhoon is a twin-engine, canard-delta wing, multirole fighter. The aircraft was known as Eurofighter EFA from the late 1980s until it was renamed EF-2000 in 1992. The aircraft's name, Typhoon, was adopted in September 1998. The Typhoon FGR4 is a highly capable and extremely agile fourth-generation multi-role combat aircraft, capable of being deployed for the full spectrum of air operations, including air policing, peace support and high-intensity conflict. Initially deployed in the air-to-air role as the Typhoon F2, the aircraft now has a potent, precision multi-role capability as the FGR4. The pilot performs many essential functions through the aircraft's hands on throttle and stick (HOTAS) interface which, combined with an advanced cockpit and the Helmet Equipment Assembly (HEA), renders Typhoon superbly equipped for all aspects of air operations. Although Typhoon has flown precision attack missions in all its combat deployments to date, its most essential role remains the provision of Quick Reaction Alert (QRA) for UK and Falkland Islands airspace. Detachments have also reinforced NATO air defence in the Baltic and Black Sea regions.
The Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) is the world's largest military air show, held annually over the third weekend in July,
usually at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire, England in support of The Royal Air Force Charitable Trust.
The show typically attracts a total of 150.000 to 160.000 spectators over the weekend.
The 2018 Air Tattoo will reflect the 100th anniversary of the RAF with a commemoration
and celebration of a century of service to the United Kingdom and its allies.