Eurofighter 10000 flight hours LuftwaffeGerman Air Force: 10,000 flying hours with Eurofighter
Flugstundenjubiläum bei der Luftwaffe<br /> Yesterday afternoon, the Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister of Defense Christian Schmidt honored the 10,000th flying hour of the German Air Force with the Eurofighter weapon system at Fighter Wing 74 in Neuburg on the Danube.
The Chief of Staff, German Air Force, Lieutenant General Klaus-Peter Stieglitz and numerous guests of honor from industry, politics, society and the military attended the ceremony. State Secretary Schmidt and General Stieglitz handed over a certificate to the pilot of the jubilee aircraft.
Eurofighter flight operations in the German Air Force started with the arrival of the first seven aircraft at Fighter Wing 73 "Steinhoff" in Rostock/Laage on 26 April 2004 and the beginning of general field tests. The main task, i.e. the retraining and training of pilots for the Eurofighter weapon system, has been performed in this unit since the beginning of 2005. Since then, more than 50 pilots have been retrained. So far, more than 20 officers have been granted an instructor pilot rating for the conduct of training and retraining.
Fighter Wing 74 in Neuburg on the Danube is the second unit that has been equipped with the Eurofighter. The transfer of the first four Eurofighters on 25 June 2006 effected the conversion from the F-4F Phantom employed in the unit up to that time. Following the completion of the operational trials phase, the takeover of the NATO QRA (quick reaction alert) role with the Eurofighter weapon system was reported to NATO on 3 June 2008.