The Spanish air force's first three series-production Eurofighter aircraft arrived at the service's Morón airbase on 27 May, marking the type's formal introduction into squadron service in that country. Assigned to the air force's 11th Wing, 111th Squadron, the two-seat aircraft had previously operated from EADS Casa's Getafe site near Madrid under an eight-month initial support deal with the aircraft's manufacturer. During this time eight instructor pilots, 12 engineers and 47 specialists underwent initial training, says EADS Casa. Spain is to receive 20 aircraft, including eight two-seat CE16 trainers under its Tranche 1 production order for the Eurofighter. The air force has a total requirement for 15 CE16s and 72 single-seat C16 fighters under the four-nation programme.

Source: Flight International