Boeing and its partner Saab yesterday completed the first flight of their all-new T-X single-engine fighter trainer airplane, which is designed specifically for the U.S. Air Force’s training requirements.
During the 55-minute flight in St Louis, key aspects of the single-engine jet were validated and the performance of the low-risk design demonstrated.
“I’ve been a part of this team since the beginning and it was really exciting to be the first to train and fly,” Schmidt said. “The aircraft met all expectations. It is well designed and offers superior handling characteristics. The cockpit is intuitive, spacious and adjustable, so everything is within easy reach.”
“It was a smooth flight and a successful test mission. I had a great all-around view throughout the flight from the instructor’s seat, which is critical during training.” Draeger added.Both pilots trained for the flight using the complete Boeing T-X system, which includes ground-based training and simulation.
With one engine, twin tails, stadium seating, and an advanced cockpit with embedded training, the Boeing T-X is more affordable and flexible than older, existing aircraft.
Boeing and Saab revealed their first two T-X aircraft in September 2016. The second is currently in ground testing and expected to fly in early 2017.
T-X will replace the Air Force’s aging T-38 aircraft. Initial operating capability is planned for 2024.
Boeing and its partner Saab AB have unveiled their two production T-X aircraft for the US Air Force trainer competition. The aircraft revealed Tuesday is an all-new aircraft designed specifically for the U
US Air Force officials have released requirements for the T-X trainer aircraft family of systems that will replace the T-38 Talon under the ‘Bending the Cost Curve initiative. The release follows Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James emphasis on increased dialogue with industry to build affordability into the acquisition process, according to USAF Website
Boeing and Saab AB have signed a Joint Development Agreement (JDA) to jointly develop a new T-X Family of Systems training solution for the upcoming competition to replace the U.S
Saab has received an order worth US$117.6 from Boeing for the Engineering and Manufacturing Development (EMD) phase for the Advanced Pilot Training Aircraft, T-X
Textron will not be offering its Scorpion jet for the US Air Force $16.3 billion T-X trainer competition
Leonardo has confirmed its participation in the US Air Force $16.3 billion T-X trainer competition alone
Northrop Grumman and BAE Systems have decided not to submit a proposal for the US Air Force T-X Trainer program after carefully examining requirements and acquisition strategy as stated in the final request for proposals issued on Dec. 30, 2016
Raytheon and Leonardo have decided not to jointly pursue the U.S
Defense contractors Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon and Sierra Nevada have been put into competition against each other to build the US Air Forces $16.3 billion T-X trainer
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