Here we see the camera crew in the back of a Hercules C-130 transport plane.
A Typhoon F2 Eurofighter comes into view. The camera crew are looking out
from the rear tail-gate of the Hercules C-130. The Eurofigher Typhoon is one of the most modern fighter planes in the world.
It is made of carbon fibre composites, glass-reinforced plastic, aluminium
lithium, titanium and aluminium casting. The delta configuration is
intentionally aerodynamically unstable which provides a high level of agility,
low drag and enhanced lift. In the cockpit is a computerised digital
fly-by-wire system which provides artificial stabilisation and gust elevation to
give good control characteristics in all conditions.
Typhoon Come Into View - You Can Make Out
Typhoon Pilot to C-130 Crew - 'Is
this close enough?'
You can just about make out the camera man's leg to the left and the pilot's
face to the top.
Specifications of the Typhoon F2
Engines: 2 Eurojet EJ200 turbojets Thrust: 20,000lbs Max speed: 2Mach Max altitude: 65,000ft, Length: 15.96m Span: 11.09m Armament: AMRAAM, ASRAAM,
Brimstone, Storm Shadow, Enhanced Paveway, Paveway IV
The Typhoon Eurofighter is recognisable from any angle. In particular, the
engine intake is mounted on the bottom of the fuselage (1). Also note that the
Typhoon has canards (foreplanes) mounted before the main wing (2).
Unusually, the delta (triangular) mainplane (3) is very deep at the point it
joins the main fuselage. The tail is tall and sharply swept, with the twin
engine jet pipes directly below.
Rumour has it that the Typhoon Eurofighter's pilot was grounded after this near
miss, or close 'Pancake' landing.
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