|Object Type:||Promotional Item|
|Object Name:||EFA Paperweight|
|Year of Manufacture:||1988|
|Location:||Awards Cupboard 1 [Main Store]|
European Fighter Aircraft
First Metal Cut
6th September, 1988
British Aerospace - Military Aircraft Div.
Paperweights were quite common items given as gifts to visitors, customers or suppliers but were usually reserved for important occasions.
In 1983 the UK, France, Germany, Italy and Spain launched the Future European Fighter Aircraft (FEFA) programme. In Turin on 2 August 1985 Italy, West Germany and the UK agreed to go ahead with the Eurofighter. Spain rejoined the Eurofighter project in early September 1985. The aircraft was known as Eurofighter EFA from the late 1980s until it was renamed EF 2000 in 1992. The maiden flight of the Eurofighter prototype took place on 27 March 1994 and on 2nd September 1998, a naming ceremony was held at Farnborough when the Typhoon name was formally adopted
This 70mm diameter hemisphere has a flat on the spherical surface so that it can stand on this flat with its front face tilted at about 45°. It was presented to Derek I Jackson.
The wording is; ‘European Fighter Aircraft. EFA. First Metal Cut 6th September 1988. British Aerospace-Military Aircraft Division’.