A version of this article appears in the August 4 edition of Aviation Week & Space Technology. The last time BAE Systems designed and flew a U.K.-funded combat aircraft demonstrator, things were different. The company was called British Aerospace, the aircraft was manned, and aerodynamic performance was king. First flown in 1986, the Experimental Aircraft Program (EAP) demonstrator was the scion of a line of supersonic combat aircraft reaching back to the English Electric Lightning ...
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