On his third visit to the club, Former Air Vice Marshall Alan Merriman started by looking back to 1977 when it was felt that a more modern aircraft was needed to replace current models. Aware of the twenty years needed to bring a new aircraft on line, a plan was introduced to make use of the latest developments in composite construction, digital electronics and improved avionics. Cooperation with the various European agencies proved problematic at times, but several models were proposed and mocked up. The first flight of the Euro Fighter was in 1994 and the first Typhoon was delivered to the UK in 2006. The aircraft has since met or exceeded planned specifications.