In late 1995 Filip Lambert, a student at the College of Aeronautics, Cranfield, UK, was named one of three joint winners of the Royal Aeronautical Society Light Aircraft Design Competition with his Mission M212-100. Lambert Aircraft Engineering was formed in 1996 and the prototype Mission M212-100 was fabricated in Belgium with the assistance of Steven Lambert and the original intention of undertaking test flying at Koksijde air force base, where the company planned to build a 3,000 m² (32.290 sq ft) production facility during the first half of 2004; production scheduled to start in the second half of 2004, when extra staff employed, although a maiden flight did not take place until mid-2004; factory facilities have been built at Wevelgem rather than Koksijde. In September 2003 the workforce numbered three.

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