The first production German Alpha Jet performed its maiden flight on 12 April 1978. The Luftwaffe obtained 175 machines up to 1983. A total of 50 were passed on to Portugal in 1993, replacing the Northrop T-38 Talon and Fiat G.91. This Alpha Jet A c/n 0037 had the German registration 40+37 and since 1993 15211 in Portugal. Seen here in 2006-05-15 on Beja (PT) with commemorative livery of 103 Squadron's 50th anniversary.