This, ladies and gents, is a Eurofighter Typhoon. It belongs to Great Britain. The pilot in the cockpit is a citizen of a country that still has a Queen. Depending on his ideals, he may or not think it’s ridiculous. Our money says he probably just goes along with it because it’s tradition, but doesn’t — deep down — respect the crown as much as he lets on.

Anyway, according to Wikipedia, the jet he’s commanding is a twin-engine, canard-delta wing, multi-role fighter. As you can see in the gif and video below, it’s pretty badass. Especially when it decides it’s going to get the hell out of Dodge, turns on its thrusters, and screams on into the heavens.

It glows like one of those old car cigarette lighters. Remember those?