First T-7A aircraft for US Air Force rolls off Boeing production line

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The archetypal T-7A Red Hawk craft that volition regenerate T-38 Talon pitchy trainers for the U.S. Air Force rolled disconnected the Boeing’s accumulation facilities successful St Louis, Missouri.

The craft is portion of a new, modern, and precocious aviator grooming strategy which volition beryllium delivered to the USAF, known arsenic T-7A Red Hawk successful grant of the Tuskegee Airmen.

The accumulation craft athletics the iconic “Red Tail” awesome of the famed Tuskegee Airmen of World War II. The Red Hawk sanction is derived from the Curtiss P-40 Warhawk, 1 of the craft flown by the 99th Fighter Squadron, the U.S. Army Air Forces’ archetypal African American combatant squadron.


Attending the ceremonial was retired Lt. Col. George Hardy, a Tuskegee Airman, on with Yvonne and Ron McGee, children of the precocious Brig. Gen. Charles McGee.

“With this rotation out, we grant our storied past and the heroes who wrote the chapters,” Clark said, “and we usher successful an breathtaking caller epoch of aviation and a caller procreation of heroes who volition constitute the adjacent chapters.”

The aircraft, on with simulators and associated crushed equipment, volition regenerate Air Education and Training Command’s aging fleet of T-38C Talon aircraft.

Quality has ever been and remains the apical precedence for Air Education and Training Command, Lt. Gen. Brad Webb, commandant of AETC, said. “The T-7A craft and accompanying crushed systems volition assistance america conscionable the Air Force’s ngo and hole aircrew to combat aboriginal threats. Getting the T-7A into the hands of our instructors, students and maintainers is important to our initiatives successful transforming aviator grooming to guarantee the highest caliber of pilots are acceptable for aboriginal conflict.”

The Red Hawk, a associated effort betwixt Boeing and Saab, is the archetypal Air Force craft to usage integer plan tools to let it to determination from machine surface to archetypal formation successful 36 months.

“The T-7 was designed done model-based systems engineering and 3D tools,” said Col. Kirt Cassell, T-7 programme manager. “This enabled quicker assembly and improved prime to present a harmless and effectual grooming strategy for Air Education and Training Command.”

Going forward, the craft volition execute a bid of crushed checks and taxi tests earlier making its archetypal flights successful the coming weeks. Later this year, it volition alert to Edwards AFB, California to statesman formation tests.

“The T-38 is simply a existent workhorse grooming Air Force combatant and bomber pilots for Air Education and Training Command, but the T-7 Red Hawk is simply a crippled changer, providing precocious ngo systems, a solid touchscreen cockpit, stadium seating, and embedded grooming capability,” Cassell said.