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German Air Force EF2000 Typhoon

Germany operates the second largest number of Eurofighters after the UK. It still refers to the type simply as the Eurofighter, or EF2000, rather than the Typhoon. Three of the recently-formed Taktischen Luftwaffengeschwader (Tactical Air Wings) fly the aircraft in Luftwaffe service, Taktisches Luftwaffengeschwader 31 'Boelcke', a former Tornado operator which received its first examples of the new machine in 2009, being the unit set to contribute to RIAT 2014. Germany currently uses the Eurofighter in the air-to-air role only, but is soon to develop its employment of the aircraft's multi-role capabilities. TaktLwG 31 'B' will end up as the Luftwaffe's largest fast jet unit, with 51 Eurofighters flying from both its main base at Nörvenich in western Germany and, operated by a single squadron of the wing, Wittmund in the north.

Photo credit: Eurofighter

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