^ British Aerospace showed off its ACA (Agile Combat Aircraft) concept at Farnborough in 1982, from which the Typhoon was developed from.
Interesting to realise, that if it were Farnborough 1982 right now, British Aerospace would be showing off its Agile Combat Aircraft (ACA) concept model, which was eventually developed into the Experimental Aircraft Programme (EAP), which first flew in 1986. Which became the Typhoon!
I've added a new British Aerospace EAP thread for those unfamiliar with the Typhoon's early origins. It makes an interesting history comparison with the new Tempest project. What else happened in 1982? Here's a list to make some of you feel old!
ITV franchises TVS, Central, TSW go on the air.
Catherine Middleton (the future Duchess of Cambridge) is born 9th January 1982
The Commodore 64 home computer is launched.
Mark Thatcher (Margaret Thatcher's son) disappears while driving in the Dakar Rally and is later rescued.
DeLorean Cars goes bust.
Queen Elizabeth II opens the Barbican Centre in London.
Canada is given its Constitution back.
The Falklands War begins on 2nd April and ends victoriously on 14th June.
Pope John Paul II visits the UK, the first visit of a reigning Pope.
Michael Fagan breaks into Buckingham Palace and spends ten minutes talking to the Queen!
1982 World Cup in Spain, won by Italy.
Prince William is born 21st June.
First CD player and Compact Discs are produced.
Channel 4 Television begins in the UK.
The Mary Rose is lifted from the seabed of the Solent after sinking in 1545.
The Ford Sierra is launched to replace the Ford Cortina.
John DeLorean is arrested for selling cocaine to undercover FBI agents.
Unemployment in the UK is around 14% of the workforce.
London's Thames Barrier is completed.
Women occupy the RAF Greenham Common airbase perimeter to protest US nuclear cruise missiles based there.
Does 2035 now seem a long time to wait for Tempest?!