Boeing, Saab Unveil T-38 Replacement Hopeful

By Juliet Van Wagenen | September 14, 2016
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Boeing’s T-X aircraft candidate
Boeing’s T-X aircraft candidate. Photo: Boeing

[Avionics Today 09-14-2016] Boeing and its partner, Swedish defense company Saab, have revealed two production T-X aircraft, their candidate to replace the U.S. Air Force’s aging T-38 aircraft. The T-X is designed specifically for the U.S. Air Force training mission.

The Boeing T-X aircraft has one engine, twin tails, stadium seating and an advanced cockpit with embedded training. The system also offers ground-based training and a maintenance-friendly design for long-term supportability. According to Boeing, the aircraft is designed to evolve as technologies, missions and training needs change. The company also believes the design is more affordable and flexible than older, existing aircraft. Boeing has planned the T-X’s initial operating capability for 2024.

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