Boeing & Saab complete flight test of second T-X aircraftNews
April 25, 2017
ST. LOUIS. The second production-ready T-X aircraft of the Boeing and Saab partnership completed the first flight in the bid for the U.S. Air Force T-X competition. The winning T-X will replace the Air Force?s T-38 aircraft.
During the one-hour flight, lead T-X Test Pilot Steve Schmidt and Boeing Test Pilot for Air Force Programs Matt Giese validated key aspects of the aircraft.
“The jet handled exactly like the first aircraft and the simulator, meeting all expectations,” Giese says. “The front and back cockpits work together seamlessly and the handling is superior. It’s the perfect aircraft for training future generations of combat pilots.”
The Boeing T-X aircraft has one engine, twin tails, stadium seating, and an advanced cockpit with embedded training. Initial operating capability is planned for 2024.
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