01/31/2009. Initially known as the European Fighter Aircraft and based on the British Aerospace (Bae) Experimental Aircraft program, the type was redesignated Eurofighter EF2000 in 1992. The first of seven development aircraft 98+29 was completed by DASA at Ottobrun in Spring 1992, moved my road to Manching on May 11, 1992, but it took almost two years before DASA chief test pilot Peter Weger took 98+29 on the 40-minutes maiden flight on March 27, 1994.
DA1 main role was handling characteristics and engine performance, after 20 flights it was transferred to Bae at Warton, UK, and reserialed ZH586 and in 1999 the RB199 engines were replaced by EJ200 engines. DA6 (a Spanish aircraft) crashed on November 2002, and DA1 was transferred to Spain as a replacement, and was reserialed XC.16-02. Eventually it was returned to Germany where it was withdrawn from service on December 21, 2005. The aircraft is preserved at Flugwerft Schleisseim, the aviation department of the Deutsches Museum.