By Juliet Van Wagenen | December 20, 2016
|T-X first flight. Photo: Boeing|
[Avionics Today 12-20-2016] Boeing and Saab have completed the first flight of their all-new T-X aircraft, which is designed specifically for the U.S. Air Force’s training requirements. T-X is Boeing and Saab’s bid to replace the Air Force’s aging T-38 aircraft. Initial operating capability is planned for 2024.
During the 55-minute flight, lead T-X Test Pilot Steven Schmidt and Chief Pilot for Air Force Programs Dan Draeger, who was in the seat behind Schmidt, 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.