Boeing and partner Saab completed the first flight of their all-new T-X aircraft, which is designed specifically for the U.S. Air Force’s training requirements. During the 55-minute flight, lead T-X Test Pilots validated key aspects of the single-engine jet and demonstrated the performance of the low-risk design. 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. 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.
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