12:00 AM, November 5, 2009
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U.S. Navy receives Final T-45C
U.S. Navy receives final T-45C delivery during a ceremony at the Boeing production facilities in St. Louis Oct. 20. The aircraft was the 221st T-45 training jet delivered by Boeing to the Navy. "The T-45 holds a distinguished place in U.S. Navy history," said Rear Adm. W. Mark Skinner, Program Executive Officer for Tactical Aircraft Programs. "In fact, Vice Admiral Dave Venlet, the commanding officer of Naval Air Systems Command, was the first Navy pilot to land onboard an aircraft carrier in a T-45." According to Shelley Lavender, vice president and general manager for Global Strike Systems, the Goshawk team has a remarkable legacy filled with significant milestones that include the 932,000 flight hours flown by thousands of Navy and Marine Corps aviators and flight officers, while earning their wings in the T-45. "I'm proud in knowing that this jet, and all its accompanying training components, has made a mark in naval aviation and in the lives of thousands of brave men and women, who choose to serve their country," said Lavender. "And, I'm proud to know the T-45 will continue to do that -- safely and effectively -- for decades to come."
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