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When hearing the term aerospace in June 2022, one might be forgiven for immediately thinking of two current and ongoing crises. In the first instance, the commercial airline crisis sweeping Europe, whereby numerous flights are cancelled by flight operators on a daily basis, delays are rife, and reports are becoming increasingly common of a sector in peril. The second, more grave association, is of course the ongoing war in the Ukraine, where questions of defence measures, and particularly the provision of aviation have become a pressing topic at the forefront of European leaders’ agenda. In this paper, we do not of course, seek to provide a solution to either of these crises. In the first instance, the reason being that the commercial airline problems are largely driven by operational or human-centred factors, which this paper, as a manufacturing outlook does not focus on.