On December 9, 2002 the first German Air Force Eurofighter was accepted at Manching. The Luftwaffe didn’t use the name “Typhoon” because some proposed WWII anti-aircraft missiles were called Taifun (Typhoon in English). Eurofighter 31+45 c/n GS0105 was given a special paint scheme to mark the merging of TaktLwG71 “R” Richthofen” and TaktLwG73 “Steinhoff” at Air Force Base Laage. The usual home base for TaktLwG71is Wittmund but upgrading this base caused the merger. The aircraft was flown by Commodore Oberst Ramspott. The paint scheme motto is “Living The Spirit”.