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First US Air Force T-7 Red Hawk jet trainer poised to be delivered

19th September 2023 - 15:00 GMT | by Norbert Neumann in London


A successful test in February led to further evaluation pf the T-7's escape system and flight control software. (Photo: Boeing)

Boeing has completed crucial inspections of the T-7 Red Hawk, and five development aircraft are set to be delivered to the US Air Force, with hopes of completion by year-end. Despite setbacks, the programme is moving ahead, with further testing and detailed plans to replace the ageing T-38 Talon fleet.

Breaking through the storm clouds, the first T-7 Red Hawk jet trainer is now heading toward delivery, signalling a comeback for a programme that has weathered its fair share of turbulence in recent months.

Boeing is ready to deliver the first advanced trainer jet to the USAF, the company said last week.

The company officially completed a check-out process with the US government known as the weapon system’s material inspection and receiving report (DD250) on 14 September for the USAF’s first T-7A.

Five development aircraft will be delivered to the service, according to USAF programme lead Col Kirt Cassell. On a

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Norbert Neumann


Norbert Neumann

Norbert is the Aviation, Military Training & Simulation reporter at Shephard Media. Before joining Shephard in …

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