The EAP at its new home at the RAF Museum in Cosford, Shropshire.

The event

At an event today, the Royal Air Force Museum has unveiled a brand new exhibition area at its site in Cosford, West Midlands, celebrating the ground-breaking achievements of the The embedded asset does not exist:
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technology demonstrator. The occasion also marked the official launch of a major partnership between ourselves and the Museum.

A forty year partnership

The event took place in the presence of the Chairman and Trustees of the Royal Air Force Museum and some of our Directors together with key partners, contributors and invited guests.  We have been a partner in the Museum’s success for over forty years and the unveiling of the EAP is the start of a joint transformation of the Museum at both its Cosford and London sites, in advance of the Centenary of the Royal Air Force in 2018. 

Alex Medhurst, RAF Museum Cosford General Manager said:  “BAE Systems and its predecessor companies have played a key role in the success of the Royal Air Force and we are delighted that BAE Systems will champion our transformation as the Museum develops new exhibitions and activities to ensure that the Royal Air Force story endures and enriches future generations."

Chris Boardman, Managing Director of our Military Air & Information business said: “We are delighted to donate EAP to the RAF Museum and it is fitting that this remarkable aircraft should be at the centre of the Test Flight exhibition at RAF Cosford. We look forward to working in partnership with the RAF Museum and supporting them in conserving our aerospace heritage for future generations.”

Learn about EAP's pioneering accomplishments

From Saturday 15th February, members of the public will be able to view the EAP demonstrator aircraftand a new exhibition which tells the story of its pioneering accomplishments.  This experimental jet helped pave the way for the renowned Eurofighter Typhoon which has many of the same characteristics and capabilities and is in operation with the RAF and five other air forces today.  We have funded this brand new display, which showcases this unique aircraft using previously unseen video footage, interactive kiosks and images. 

The Jaguar

The ACT (fly-by-wire) Jaguar will now reside alongside the EAP as its forerunner.  The ACT Jaguar was essential to the subsequent success of the EAP and the Eurofighter Typhoon.  After having all of its original flying controls removed and replaced by computerised systems, it proved that the digital fly-by-wire system did work and could control an unstable aircraft that could not be controlled by a human alone.  Both of these aircraft helped keep Britain at the forefront of military aviation and it is fitting that they are displayed side by side.