Harris Corporation, Government Aerospace Systems Division, recognized the need for a lower cost alternative to the Active Matrix Liquid Crystal flat-panel display with potentially superior optical performance, lower power dissipation, and less volume at significantly reduced life-cycle cost. This paper compares the performance of Harris' Active Matrix Liquid Crystal Display (AMLCD) with the potential performance of a comparable FED. The FED offers superior sunlight- viewable optical performance compared with the AMLCD. The FED projects a significant reduction in power dissipation that will enhance the reliability of the displays and reduce the cooling loads on the cockpit design. It also promises reduced volume and weight. The simpler FED manufacturing processed, and the elimination of expendable backlight and heaters, will result in reductions in the cost of acquisition and ownership of flat-panel displays.