Ensign Aircraft EA-12

Ensign Aircraft EA·12
Artist view of the Ensign Aircraft EA-12. Source : Aviation Week & Space Technology, January 25, 1982.

Ensign Aircraft EA·12 trainer design was one of five competitors in the US Air Force nextation trainer (NGT), to replace US Air Force T-37 basic trainers, bidding. 

Ensign Aircraft Co, from Lakewood CA, was the smallest company to submit a proposal for the Air Force requirement and is competing against designs submitted by Rock·well International, Cessna, Fairchild and GulfStream American. 

EA-12, was a conventional design powered by a pair of Williams Research WR44 turbofans, but which should be built largely by robots, keeping initial production costs to a minimum.