A Eurofighter Typhoon FGR4 sits outside its Shelter at sunset within the 11 Squadron complex at RAF Coningsby, Lincolnshire.
Originally designed as for the Air Superiority Role to replace the Tornado F3 in RAF Service, the Typhoon has developed into a true multi-role combat aircraft, capable of deploying the full spectrum of air operations. It is in service with seven nations with orders place by a further two.
The RAF currently operates 9 squadrons of Typhoon FGR4's including a Training Squadron and a Test and Evaluation Squadron. They operate from 2 bases - RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire and RAF Lossiemouth in Moray, Scotland. There is also a flight based in the Falkland Islands.
The Typhoon Force is kept very busy. The Frontline units share responsibility for the defence of UK Airspace, mounting a 24-hour readiness on QRA. They also rotate to RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus to mount Operation Shader missions over Iraq and Syria in the fight against ISIS. From time to time the RAF typhoon units also provide aircraft for NATO Air Policing Missions in support of those NATO members that do not have fighter aircraft of their own. This is all in addition to normal training routines and other exercises and one-off operational deployments.
This image was taken at RAF Coningsby on a special photoshoot. The weather was particularly windy with 40mph gusts. The sunset, however, was spectacular.
Sigma 10mm - 20mm set at 17mm
1/100 at f6.3
Shot in RAW and processed in Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop.
Location: RAF Coningsby, Lincolnshire
Photographer: Colin Shepherd