Hobbymaster 1/72 scale HA6601 Eurofighter Typhoon FGR4 ZJ927 “QO-M” of 3 Squadron RAF, Libya 2011.
The Eurofighter Typhoon is a twin-engine multi-role fighter built by a European consortium made up of the UK, Germany, Spain and Italy. With 4 countries involved it is necessary to have what they call Tranches (similar to contracts) that are broken down into batches and blocks. The development of the Eurofighter began in 1983 with the prototype maiden flight of the Eurofighter taking place on March 27th, 1994. The first fully equipped Tranche 2 Instrumented Production Aircraft (IPA7) took to the skies on January 16th, 2008.
Eurofighter Typhoon QO-M registration ZJ-913 was delivered on March 30th, 2005 as a Series FGR.4 with a c/n BS004. Over the years this aircraft has spent time with the 2nd, 3rd, 6th and IX (B) Squadrons. When stationed with 3 Squadron it was based at RAF Coningsby,
Lincolnshire, UK. In April 2019 IX (B) officially became operational and equipped with Eurofighter Typhoons ZJ-913, ZJ921, ZJ924 and ZJ935. The IX (B) became part of the UK’s Quick Reaction Alert (QRA) Force, always on alert to scramble.