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2.Staffel / Überwachungsgeschwader

Armed Force
Österreichische Luftstreitkräfte
Zeltweg AB
EF-2000 Eurofighter
Membership status
Full Member
Member since

The 2.Staffel as part of the Surveillance Wing was established in 1976, following the amalgamation of the Jet School Squadron Zeltweg and the Fighter Bomber Squadron Graz-Thalerhof. A significant milestone was, without doubt, the arrival of the Saab S-35OE “Draken” for pilot training in 1987 and, thus, the Austrian Air Force’s entry into the Supersonic Age. After the withdrawl of the last remaining “Draken” from service in 2005 and a transitional period operating 12 Northrop F-5E “Tiger II” aircraft leased from Switzerland as a stop-gap measure, the Republic of Austria took delivery of its first Eurofighter “Typhoon”, serial number 7L-WA, on 12 July 2007. After the UEFA EURO 2008 the F-5E “Tiger II” were returned to Switzerland and the Eurofighter “Typhoon” started to fly operational air surveillance in Austria. From this moment on, the Surveillance Wing, with its bases in Zeltweg and Linz-Hörsching, has relied upon the Eurofighter “Typhoon” and Saab 105OE to maintain the sovereignty of Austrian airspace. After retirement of the Saab 105OE by the end of 2020, the Eurofighter “Typhoon”, operated by 2.Staffel, is the only Jet-Aircraft responsible to protect the Austrian Airspace.