Eurofighter production aircraft now in service with German Air Force fighter wing
ILA/Berlin, 10 May 2004
The first Eurofighter production aircraft were officially "called on duty" at Rostock-Laage (Northern Germany), home of the Fighter Wing (Jagdgeschwader/JG) 73 "Steinhoff" on 30 April 2004. The twin-seater aircraft were previously deployed from Manching (Bavaria), where they had been final-assembled by EADS and afterwards were used for the service instructor-pilots training (SIPT) of the Luftwaffe.
During the military ceremony at JG 73 "S" the Chief of the German Air Force Staff, LtGen Klaus-Peter Stieglitz, stated that "over the decades to come the Eurofighter will be the backbone of the fighting units of the German Air Force and will thus create the image of the Forces to a greater extend than any other aircraft in the Air Force history."
Dr Peter Eickenboom, Under-Secretary of State within the German Ministry of Defence, stressed the importance of the event: "Today the German Air Force receives their first latest-generation aircraft for operational flying service, and this clearly marks the dawn of a new era for our nation and for the joint European defence efforts."
Meanwhile, eight twin-seat Eurofighter production aircraft are in Luftwaffe inventory, seven of them at JG 73 "S". The first had already been delivered in February 2003 to the German Air Force School of Engineering at Kaufbeuren (Bavaria) for the education of technical officers and ground staff. The first Eurofighter single-seaters will join the Luftwaffe later this year.
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