Boeing T-X Takes Off

The first production-ready T-X completes its first flight

December 21, 2016 in Defense

The first of two production-ready, all-new Boeing T-X aircraft, designed specifically for the U.S. Air Force’s training requirements, completed its first flight in St. Louis.

The single-engine trainer with twin tails and stadium seating was piloted by lead T-X test pilot Steve Schmidt. “The cockpit is intuitive, spacious and adjustable, so everything is within easy reach.”

Dan Draeger, Boeing’s chief pilot for Air Force programs was in the back seat. “It was a smooth flight and I had a great all-around view from the instructor’s seat, which is critical during training.”

The second aircraft, T2, is currently in ground testing and expected to fly in early 2017.

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With Boeing test pilots Steve Schmidt and Dan Draeger in the cockpit, the Boeing T-X made its first flight Dec. 20 in St. Louis.