Boeing T-X

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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/Saab 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]

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]


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


  1. ^ Stephen Trimble (24 April 2017). "Boeing/Saab fly second T-X test aircraft". Retrieved 26 April 2017. 
  2. ^ "Boeing T-X Advanced Pilot Training system" (PDF). Saab. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-12-21. 
  3. ^ Clark, Colin. "Boeing Takes T-X Lead As Northrop Joins Raytheon & Drops Out Of T-X". Breaking Defense. Retrieved 2017-04-16. 
  4. ^ "News Releases/Statements". MediaRoom. Retrieved 2017-04-10. 
  5. ^ "Boeing: Boeing T-X Sees the Light". Retrieved 2017-04-10. 
  6. ^ a b "Boeing and Saab complete first T-X flight". Flight Global
  7. ^ Niles, Russ (20 December 2016). "Boeing/Saab T-X First Flight". AVweb. Retrieved 21 December 2016. 

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