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Catalogue No: C0763
Category: Personal/Personnel
Object Type: Promotional Item
Object Name: EAP Tie
Part No: None
Serial No: None
Manufacturer: Tudor Ties
Division: Unknown
Platform(s): EAP
Year of Manufacture: circa 1980
Dimensions: Width (mm): 75
Height (mm): 1,620
Depth (mm): 2
Weight (g): 33
Location: Cupboard CB (Awards 1) [Main Store]

Tudor Ties
42 Wellingborough Rd.
Rushden Northants
Tel. 0933 314094
100% Polyester Fibre
Made in England


Many of the programmes gave a Tie to the team working on the project and it was also a useful gift to visitors. The Tie might be supplied in-house or by the end customer.

In this case the Experimental Aircraft Programme (EAP) gave a grey neck tie with a white motif of the EAP aircraft containing the letters EAP in red.

The UK had identified a requirement for a new fighter as early as 1971. A specification, AST 403, was issued in 1972. In 1979 MBB and BAe presented a formal proposal to their respective governments for the ECF, the European Collaborative Fighter. In 1982 the Agile Combat Aircraft (ACA) programme was launched. In 1983 BAe announced a contract with the MoD for the development and production of an ACA demonstrator, the EAP Experimental Aircraft Programme.

The Company in common with most organisations has a wide range of items promoting the Company name as a form of advertising. The range extends from  'cheap and cheeful'; the sort of thing that would be on the Stand at an Exhibition like the SBAC Farnborough Show. The young visitors love collecting these items along with pictures and Brochures. Such items would include the following:

Stickers, Carrier Bags, Furry Bugs, simple aircraft assembly kits, Cardboard Head Up Display, Drinks Mats. Sometimes a collection of items is put together in something like a Pouch or presentation bag.

A more up-market offering, of better quality, might include:

Mugs, Pens, Key Fobs, Tape Dispensers, Magnifying Glasses, Model cars or the Hybrid Bus, Penknife and Pens.

The top range gifts are usually presented to important visitors or taken on visits to customers and these might include:

Executive Toys, Paperweights, Business Card Holders, Wallets, Clocks, Calculators, Engraved glasses and Glass blocks with a contained model and legend (BAE Systems liked to produce glass Globes to illustrate the global reach of the company). A rather special gift has been a Hologram of a coin.

Ties have been a regular gift in the days when they were regularly worn and were presented as recognition of achievement or membership of a group or ‘club as well as being a promotional gift. Employees for example will be encouraged to wear a T-Shirt with a Corporate Logo which gives a corporate identity. 

The RAA includes items of this type acquired from Suppliers and visits to Customers.


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