18 Jul RAF Typhoon Aircraft Facts to Blow Your Mind
The RAF Typhoon has a roar like no other and has been described as the world’s most advanced fighter jet. We’ve pulled together some of the reasons this spectacular aircraft is deserving of this accolade and why you shouldn’t miss the opportunity to see it take off, perform it’s full display and land, at this year’s Festival of Flight in Biggin Hill.
RAF Typhoon facts:
- The fighter jet is so technically advanced it can’t be flown by a pilot alone; it needs the help of a computer.
- Leading technology provides the Typhoon with a reduced radar mark, meaning it can avoid detection by enemy radar. For example, it has jet inlets that conceal the front of the jet engine (a clear radar target) from radar. Other radar targets, such as the wings, canard and fin leading edges, have been designed to reflect radar energy. Coupled with its super-fast processing speeds, aerodynamic design and beyond visual range (BVR) capabilities you can see how it’s earned its place as one of the top performing fighter jets.
- Extreme agility and manoeuvrability are what really sets it apart, though. Did you know that the Typhoon has a deliberately ‘unstable’ design? The advantages of this include greater agility at subsonic speeds as well as reduced drag and an overall increase in lift for enhanced short take-off and landing.
- That leads nicely onto the next jaw-dropping fact – the aircraft needs just 700 metres to take-off or land. That’s what’s known as STOL (short take-off and landing).
- The Typhoon can be supersonic in under 30 seconds. Supersonic travel is a rate of travel that exceeds the speed of sound (Mach 1).
- The Typhoon can reach speeds of up to twice the speed of sound, with a top speed of around Mach 2 (1,550 mph). The jets can reach 1,100mph in just over two minutes from take-off. From releasing its brakes, a Typhoon can take off in under 8 seconds – blink and you miss it.
- Surprisingly compact for its power, the fighter aircraft has a 10.95 m wingspan, that’s less than that of a WWII Spitfire. It’s just 15.96 m long and 5.28 m tall.
- The fighter jet has what’s known as a swing-role weapon system, which means that it is capable of different operational tasks and can even switch from one duty to another on a single mission. For example, it can be used as an air-to-air fighter while at the same time carrying large, long-range ground-attack weapons.
- If needed, the pilot can eject from the Typhoon at speeds of up to 600 knots.
- The Typhoon is also known as the Eurofighter as it was developed by Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK.
Book your tickets now to come and this formidable fighter jet up close and personal. Get to see its STOL performance for yourself, hear the roar of the engine and feel the vibration through your feet and into your chest.