29 Squadron at RAF Coningsby have unveiled a Typhoon aircraft with a very British paint scheme.

According to a news release from the Royal Air Force, the design covers large areas of the aircraft’s fuselage and wings and will be a highlight at air shows for the next two summers.

2021 display pilot, Flight Lieutenant James Sainty said:

“I am extremely proud to be literally flying the flag in this aircraft. I am confident that air show crowds over the next two years will share some of that pride when they see the aircraft.”

Wing Commander Jim Calvert, Officer Commanding 29 Squadron said:

“We are extremely privileged to be displaying a Typhoon in stunning livery this year, demonstrating the amazing capabilities of the aircraft at venues across the UK and Europe. Special thanks must go to all personnel, RAF, Civil Servants, and industry colleagues who have made today possible.”

He added,

“This new paint scheme brings me an enormous amount of pride; I hope that feeling is shared by everyone who is lucky enough to witness it perform this year.”

The RAF say that the aircraft will feature at venues across the UK and overseas in 2021 and 2022. It will also be flown at RAF Coningsby where it is used to instruct trainee Typhoon pilots.

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Mark
Mark
1 month ago

As most engagements take place beyond visual range can’t we just adopt this paint scheme for the whole fleet? It’s truly is an awesome spray job.

ChariotRider
ChariotRider
1 month ago

Cool.

Challenger
Challenger
1 month ago

Very nice! Just need to see it leading a formation of Red Arrow’s trailing their red, white and blue smoke!

Rob N
Rob N
1 month ago
Reply to  Challenger

Why don’t the Red Arrows use the firt tranch Typhoons and have them painted up like this….

Robert Blay.
Robert Blay.
1 month ago
Reply to  Rob N

Because they are very expensive to operate compared to a Hawk, and a lot more kit to go wrong.

Nic
Nic
1 month ago
Reply to  Robert Blay.

They’ll have to come up with something soon to replace the Red Arrows Hawks , considering that the T1 in going of service and T2 in not being built anymore.

Levi Goldsteinberg
Levi Goldsteinberg
1 month ago
Reply to  Nic

See: Aeralis

Nic
Nic
1 month ago

Yes I had looked at these before ,itll be one to watch if gets off the ground and get the order to make worthwhile.

DRS
DRS
1 month ago
Reply to  Nic

you would hope with the Tempest project they end up making an engine that can go with the Aeralis and re use a lot of the components so we have commonality. or would end up with a single engine fighter similar to Gripen that Sweden etc. can use (and for training) and a longer range twin engine version for RAF etc. or is that two expensive to do (certify two types). then make the single engine one perhaps be light enough to use with any cats and traps that we may install for UAV etc on the carriers (or is… Read more »

Nic
Nic
1 month ago

Yes I had looked at these before ,itll be one to watch if gets off the ground and gets the orders to make itworthwhile.

Nic
Nic
1 month ago

Yes I had looked at these before ,itll be one to watch if gets off the ground and gets the orders to make it worthwhile.

Tim Senior
Tim Senior
1 month ago
Reply to  Nic

The last 9 Hawks for anyone at the minute are now starting test flights They are for Qatar.

Captain P Wash
Captain P Wash
29 days ago
Reply to  Nic

Well apparently, the T1’s have a fair few Decades of Life yet…… so I’ll guess that they will stay in service until we get a trade agreement with China……

Jason Holmes
Jason Holmes
27 days ago
Reply to  Robert Blay.

Yeah but most of that kit can be stripped out like the Blue Angels have with their F18’s

Robert Blay
Robert Blay
27 days ago
Reply to  Jason Holmes

True. But even a stripped out Typhoon is a lot more complex than a Hawk.

Jack
Jack
1 month ago

Beautiful aircraft but i think the colour scheme looks awful, the black portions should have been blue to bring out the white and the red more.

Heidfirst
Heidfirst
1 month ago
Reply to  Jack

they used the “agressor scheme” aircraft that reportedly some of the top brass didn’t like – guess that they killed 2 birds with 1 stone … 😪

MarkT
MarkT
1 month ago
Reply to  Heidfirst

Does that mean the aggressor scheme is dead in the water? Are 9Sqn continuing with that as a role or has that been ditched?

Heidfirst
Heidfirst
1 month ago
Reply to  MarkT

Afaik IX(B) Sqn are continuing in the role. Also afaik, the plan was for a no. (if not all) of IX’s Typhoons to get a dark grey/unpainted scheme but when ZJ914 first appeared in the “Aggressor” shark grey scheme apparently 1 or more senior officer(s) didn’t like it & put their foot down ..

MarkT
MarkT
1 month ago
Reply to  Heidfirst

Thanks. According to the Defence Review the tranche 1 jets are being retired in a couple of years but the number of Squadrons will stay the same? Anyone know if that means a reduction in aircraft/pilot/ground crew for each unit?

Robert Blay.
Robert Blay.
1 month ago

Looks fantastic, and a splash of colour does wonders for the Typhoons Looks. Hopefully see it next year at RIAT. France does this every year with it’s Rafale display aircraft. Glad the powers that be have given permission for this paint job, after years of plain air defence grey. 👍🇬🇧

Peter P.
Peter P.
1 month ago
Reply to  Robert Blay.

And the French have just sold Rafales to Croatia last week…

Gavin Gordon
Gavin Gordon
1 month ago
Reply to  Robert Blay.

It does, yes. Works superbly when displayed flying, I think, as the colour contrasts highlight the individual flags well. Anticipate seeing it in the East around the same time as CSG21.

Nic
Nic
1 month ago

Looks good maybe they do up an F35 next and that will be four aircraft flying the flag, including the chnook an Boris one

Paul42
Paul42
1 month ago
Reply to  Nic

A pic of the Typhoon,Chinook and Bojo1 together would be nice!

Robert Blay.
Robert Blay.
1 month ago
Reply to  Nic

Probably not on a F35. To much radar absorbant material.

Nic
Nic
1 month ago
Reply to  Robert Blay.

Good point never thought of that

John P
John P
1 month ago
Reply to  Robert Blay.

They can’t even put the normal RAF markings on the F-35, instead they have those ridiculous white roundels, but I notice the Danish air force F-35 have red and white roundels and a flag on the tail fin.

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Robert Blay
Robert Blay
1 month ago
Reply to  John P

It’s yet to be seen if all Danish aircraft receive those markings. Our F35’s have a Union Jack painted under the lift fan actuator. You can see it clearly when it’s in the hover. 🇬🇧

Andy P
Andy P
1 month ago

Well you’re not going to miss it are you, very distinctive.

Ron5
Ron5
1 month ago

Tranche 1?

Robert Blay.
Robert Blay.
1 month ago
Reply to  Ron5

Yes.

andy
andy
1 month ago

i think that looks really well, i just hope certain types of society do not complain like they do if we fly our national union flag because it offends them…

Springer
Springer
1 month ago
Reply to  andy

Does look great, could do with a few low passes over my neck of the woods (up very north) with the Chinook and Voyager as well! They’ll be a few loud complaints but the silent majority will appreciate it.

farouk
farouk
1 month ago
Reply to  andy

Andy wrote,
“” i just hope certain types of society do not complain like they do if we fly our national union flag because it offends them…””

Already have:
https://twitter.com/BBCRadioLincs/status/1398200164511268864?s=20

Airborne
Airborne
1 month ago
Reply to  farouk

Had a brief look, the comments by the various sad twitter clueless saddos just confirms to me my decision not to use the twitter platform. If I had to try to communicate and post with such a varied amount of morons I would be pulling my remaining hair out in short order.

Airborne
Airborne
1 month ago
Reply to  farouk

Bunch of sad twitter losers with no clue about most things which don’t have a direct selfish impact to them. More confirmation as to why I don’t use twitter…there’s enough morons you come across on a day to day basis without dealing with them online.

Lusty
Lusty
1 month ago
Reply to  andy

Don’t check Twitter mate – they have been moaning for some time now. Some are even complaining that the RAF didn’t call it a ‘Eurofighter Typhoon’.

It boggles my mind that with all that’s going on, they can find time to moan about a plane that they’re never likely to see.

Daniele Mandelli
Daniele Mandelli
1 month ago
Reply to  Lusty

🙄

Lusty
Lusty
1 month ago

ZJ914 has worn the black colours since at least September of last year. The addition of the flag is a nice touch!

fearlesstunafish
fearlesstunafish
1 month ago

honestly i really miss the days of nose art and flamboyant colours ala the flying circus….surely now all engagements are supposed to be mostly bvr we could start doing that again? 😛

Crabfat
Crabfat
1 month ago

Lovely paint job. Pity the Eastbourne Air Show is cancelled again for this year – we won’t see it down here. Gloom!

MarkT
MarkT
1 month ago
Reply to  Crabfat

Don’t worry, it’s staying in this scheme for next year as well.

Crabfat
Crabfat
1 month ago
Reply to  MarkT

Thanks Mark…

Andrew D
Andrew D
1 month ago

Nice paint job,shows the flag, do wish IX squadron Aggressor were in camouflage and not the shark grey scheme .

Dern
Dern
1 month ago

I like the dark grey, not so much a fan of the Union Jacks, it’s a bit “Captain America” (Admiral Britannia?) for my liking :/

geoff
geoff
1 month ago

Wonderful to see the Union Jack worn with pride.Btw throughout the world it is known as the Union Jack. Only in the UK do some call it the Union Flag. The myth that it can only be called Union Jack when flying from the Jack staff of one of Her Majesty’s ships is just that-a myth! This has been confirmed in Parliament from over a century ago and if any of your friends are in doubt refer to the Flag Institute website. There are several”Union Flags” in the world but only one Union Jack, an evocative,jaunty universally recognised title that… Read more »

Gunbuster
Gunbuster
1 month ago

Nice work by the paint shop.
Still some way to go before they reach the insane paint job level that the Japanese Air force achieved with their Phantoms.

Cripes
Cripes
1 month ago

Frankly wholly unimpressed by the paint job concept. Everyone at the air tattoo knows they are British aircraft! We used to be quite good at understatement, this is just pretty crass. It is another ploy from the ‘Global Britain’, Royal Yacht brigade, a POLITICAL posture designed for a nationalist, Brexit audience. It has zero to do with defence. In this, the PM is aping the jingoistic, isolationist nationalism of dodgy characters like Erdoğan, Orban, Trump and Putin. Bj hasn’t used it yet, but it’s a parody of the Trump theme, sub-titled Make Britain Great Again’. I am more interested in… Read more »

geoff
geoff
1 month ago
Reply to  Cripes

Interesting post. Tribalism is written into the DNA of mankind. Ever since H0mo sapiens developed as a social or group being this has been a necessary part of his attempt to defend himself and his broader family. From this follows the inevitability of war. Do not make the mistake in believing that we are all thinking, rational beings that have the welfare of mankind as our first priority. The Trumpites and UKIPers inasmuch as such broad generalisations have any meaning, are a reality that will always be with us. The alternative to the Union Jack which to me is the… Read more »

Airborne
Airborne
1 month ago
Reply to  Cripes

Ah I see my initial reply has been removed, apologies mods as maybe a little bit harsh! But the point remains, you say you are more into defence than politics yet you go into a bit of a patronising rant about BREXIT and its supporter? Why? You are just contradicitng yourself with your comments.