Europe has best Fighter Jet?

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    Eurofighter a shooting star in clash with US jets

    MURDO MACLEOD
    POLITICAL CORRESPONDENT


    IT might be over budget and years late but the Eurofighter Typhoon has shown that it can shake off America's best fighter plane and shoot it down.

    A chance encounter over the Lake District between a Eurofighter trainer and two F-15 aircraft turned into a mock dogfight, with the British plane coming off best - much to the surprise of some in the RAF. The episode was hushed up for fear of causing US blushes.

    For a project 10 years late and $8bn over budget, it is a welcome piece of good news.

    The 'clash' took place last year over Windermere when the two-seater RAF Eurofighter was 'bounced' from behind by the two F-15E fighters.

    The US pilots intended to pursue the supposedly hapless 'Limey' for several miles and lock their radars on to it for long enough so that if it had been a real dogfight the British jet would have been shot down.

    But much to the Americans' surprise, the Eurofighter shook them off, outmanoeuvred them and moved into shooting positions on their tails.

    The British pilots themselves were almost as surprised at winning an encounter with an aircraft widely regarded as the best fighter in the world.


    http://scotlandonsunday.scotsman.com/uk.cfm?id=673262005
     
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    Fortunately for the "Limeys" they havent had to dogfight anyone for real in a long time....and they haven't experienced the F-22 yet either
     
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    Exactly.

    Always one step ahead.

    [​IMG]
     
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    doesn't matter...an $80k Stinger could still shoot it down.

    :D

    First to Fire!! hooah! :D
     
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    The "superior" capability of Eurofighters must be why Greece recently scrapped a deal for the aircraft in favor of purchasing thirty F16. http://www.defensenews.com/story.php?F=981768&C=airwar It is interesting that the above story is reported by a "political correspondent." I have not seen this story reported anywhere in the military press. The F15E is essentially a ground attack aircraft that carries missiles to defend itself. The F15A/C is the air superiority version of the F15. Anyway, the F15 is more than 40 percent faster than the EF (1875mph v. 1320mph). There is something fishy about a story claiming that the EF maneuvered behind F15s after originally being in front. The first EF2000 flight was 1994. The F15 entered service in 1974. At least 20 years separates the F15 and EF designs. The Eurofighter should be compared to the F22 or the SU37; in which case it would be dramatically inferior to both aircraft.
     
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    I have to agree. At best, a couple of smartasses weren't prepared and got beat playing their own game. But seriously, when has anyone heard of US pilots letting a single plane lock onto the tails of TWO of ours?
     
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    You did notice that the original article was written by a POLITICAL correspondent, right? That's what they do...
     

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