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Boeing T-X
Role Advanced trainer
Manufacturer Boeing / Saab Group
First flight 20 December 2016
Status Development
Number built 2[1]

The Boeing T-X is an American/Swedish advanced pilot training aircraft being developed by Boeing Defense, Space & Security in partnership with Saab Group as an entry in the United States Air Force Advanced Pilot Training System (T-X) program to replace the Northrop T-38 Talon.

Design and development[edit | edit source]

The Boeing T-X is a single-engined advanced jet-trainer with a twin tail, tandem seating, and a retractable tricycle landing gear. The aircraft is powered by a General Electric F404 afterburning turbofan engine.[2] The twin-tails provide better stability and control and the aircraft is capable of in-flight refueling using the boom and receptacle (or called the flying boom system).[citation needed]

The Boeing T-X with related ground based training and support is being developed and offered by Boeing with its Swedish aerospace group partner, Saab for the U.S. Air Force T-X program to replace the Northrop T-38 Talon for pilot training.[3] Boeing and Saab signed a partnership agreement for the USAF T-X competition on 6 December 2013.[4]

The aircraft was first revealed on 13 September 2016.[5] The first BTX-1 aircraft flew on 20 December 2016.[6][7]

Specifications[edit | edit source]

Data from Flight Global[6]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 2
  • Powerplant: 1 × General Electric F404 Afterburning turbofan, 11,000 lbf (49 kN) thrust dry, 17,700 lbf (79 kN) with afterburner

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