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Second T-X aircraft completes first flight

27th April 2017 - 12:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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The first flight of the second aircraft under development by Boeing and Saab for the US Air Force's (USAF's) T-X advanced pilot training programme has been completed, Boeing announced on 24 April.

The one-hour flight validated key aspects of the aircraft and further demonstrated the performance of the design.

Test pilots trained for the flight using the complete Boeing T-X system, which includes ground-based training and simulation. The Boeing T-X aircraft features one engine, twin tails, stadium seating, and an advanced cockpit with embedded training.

Boeing and Saab revealed their design in September 2016 and flew the first T-X aircraft in December.

The T-X programme will replace the USAF's aging T-38 aircraft. Initial operating capability is planned for 2024.

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