Read about what it feels like to take the Eurofighter Typhoon out on scrambles
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28-year-old Luftwaffe pilot Captain Martin Zielinski from Tactical Air Force Wing 74 based at Neuburg Air Base has just returned from his second Baltic Air Patrol. Here he outlines what it feels like to take the Eurofighter Typhoon out on scrambles.
"If you've got a radar looking at you, it's always an uncomfortable feeling because a radar means 'this guy's carrying some missiles and he could employ them on you' "
Over in the Baltics, when you get an alert you don't know what to expect. You do not know what's going on and initially you are kind of tense all the time. As the days pass you get more laid back because you get into the rhythm and you see how things are.
As a pilot, you are curious because you do not know what aircraft you're about to see, and each time you go on an alert it's always a very interesting feeling.
Everybody's excited and wants to take part in alerts. It's always fascinating to see other aircraft, simply flying against say a Gripen or a Mirage is different, because most of the time we tend to fly against the Eurofighter and you get used to it.
Captain Martin Zielinski from Tactical Air Force Wing 74
Over in Estonia we carried more weapons than we do in Germany, in particular we had AMRAAM missiles and we were also equipped with new self-defence equipment. We had flares and electronic devices to defend us from enemy radars.
The whole jet was equipped for this specific mission, far more so than on normal QRA in Germany, but then again here we're not expecting any unfriendly behaviour from an airliner.
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