But they let me play with their Typhoon sim–it was only a cockpit demonstrator, but a Eurofighter flight-test engineer (who wasn’t German, but was from some other part of Europe) says that the flight model is pretty accurate, if a little on the conservative side. It’s only about 5% off, he says.
The avionics and weapons were dumbed down–that’s obviously classified. One cool thing it had was a headset to simulate a helmet-mounted display.
So the Eurofighter is fast… very, very fast. It easily pushed out to around Mach 1.5 with a full weapons load and three tanks of gas. It also handles very nicely… Apparently, the design goal, from what our engineer acquaintance tells me, was that it should fly a lot like a super F-15. Which it apparently does…
Of course, the only way for me to be sure of how well the Typhoon flies is to go up in one… Martina?