these are all the images I have. Beside the group photo with 120 peole in front of the Eurofighter.
The EF is still a military high tech, deployed in a security area inside the military area. It is prohibited to take images in this area. The technicians checked first that nobody had a smartphone in his hand before he removed the intake covers and opened up some other hatches. Part of the tech is still top secret, f. e. the inner shape of the intake duct. Well, at least I had a peek inside, but no photos allowed. The commodore himself granted us permission for a group photo in front of a operational EF inside the security area. Even this permission by the commodore was so highly uncommon that the technichians called back to the staff to make sure this was true. So - no more photos. Sorry, guys, but I respect orders in military security areas. Part because I am used to this, part because I don't want to bring someone ele into troubles; like the technicians.
But I want to tell you something more modelling related. Just in case you want to build your own EF model:
- Big surprise: The trailing edges of the wings are not thin. No need to sand them down on your model. The real deal has a thickness of an inch/3 cm. The leading edge is also very blunt.
- Surface is very smooth. Also paneel lines are barely visible.
- Gun port is in the right wingroot and faired over. No hole here - the cover will be shattered by the first round.
- No conventional pitot tube. There is a set of 4 vanes under the nose (hidden by the red covers that make the EF smile ). Each vane is trapezoidal in shape and made of stainless steel (left unpainted). The outer rim of each one is a small tube that acts as a pitot. BTW - the vans are heated for de-icing. Don't touch them after landing - they will burn your fingers.
- Central fuel port is in the left wingroot.
- The horizontal platform behind the canard/below the greenhouse (they are at both sides) are antennas. And the double up as walkways for the pilot(s) in case there is no external ladder at hand and the retractable ladder of the EF (its at the left side) comes to use. Yes, you can stand on these antennas.
- Watch the position of the intake ramps when on the ground with power off. The droop.
Sorry, no cockpit photos. Because this is an operational aircraft they left the the cockpit closed to avoid to have to search for debris or small items that might have fallen into the cockpit. To much reflections from the canopy for photos.
I will try to visit the wing next year again with a small visitor group. Then we may visit the tower and the flight simulator too.
Anybody in need for images from inside of a russian nuclear reactor? At least I have some of these of my own