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Then ...
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... and now.

Originated during the Great War (although it wasn't that great to be honest) and the birth of the Royal Flying Corps ... the fore runner of the RAF.

Rapidly evolved into a true killer flown by steely eyed, dealers of death who ranked up dozens of kills and were heroes to their nations.

Currently what BAE call an aircraft that's got a loiter time of 30 seconds and only has enough spare airframe space and load carrying capacity for a packet of crisps and an apple. Flown by posing mobile egos who don't work weekends or public holidays.

See Lightning for a beast ahead of its time.