The Eurofighters stationed at the Morón Air Base celebrated their first 10,000 flying hours last 18 February with a training mission at Morón de la Frontera in Seville. Also known as the C16 by the Air Force, the Eurofighter entered into service in October 2003 to carry out aerial defence and interception roles.
As explained by the Commander of the Base and the 11th Wing, Colonel Francisco Javier Fernández Sánchez, the achievement of 10,000 flying hours “reaffirms the operational and industrial success of the Eurofighter Programme, which has seen the European aeronautical industry and its armed forces design, build and operate one of the best combat aircraft to have ever flown. It is confirmation that the dream which began two decades ago has been achieved.” The 11th Wing currently has two squadrons: Squadron 111, with the main mission of providing the Air Force with the necessary offensive and defensive aerial capacity to fulfil national objectives and commitments deriving from Spanish participation in various international organisations; and 113 Squadron, an Operational Conversion Unit providing training for pilots flying the Eurofighter for the first time.
The challenges for the 11th Wing in the future are focused on training of pilots from other countries, an activity of “major strategic importance not only for the Spanish Air Force but also for the national industry,” indicated sources at the Base. The Spanish Air Force currently has 28 Eurofighter aircraft and with the current rhythm of deliveries the 14th Wing located at Albacete Air Base will soon be equipped with its new Eurofighter aircraft to substitute Mirage F-1s.