Air Force Wants To Acquire Losing T-X Jet Trainers To Help Revolutionize Pilot Training
The Air Force wants advanced jet trainers to start experimenting with radical new pilot training concepts now before its first T-7A Red Hawks arrive
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March 20, 2020 - by JOSEPH TREVITHICK for thedrive.com
The Air Force wants advanced jet trainers to start experimenting with radical new pilot training concepts now before its first T-7A Red Hawks arrive.
The U.S. Air Force has been quietly in the process of trying to lease a small number of KAI T-50 Golden Eagle advanced jet trainer aircraft as it waits for the arrival of the first of its new T-7A Red Hawks.
If the deal, which appears stalled for the moment, goes ahead, the aircraft could support a proof of concept experiment that could lead to ambitious and radical changes in how the service trains fighter pilots.
Aviation Week published an update on Air Combat Command's (ACC) little known RFX program on Mar. 18, 2020. ACC had announced it planned to enter into a sole-source contract with Texas-based Hillwood Aviation to rent between four and eight T-50s, with the expectation that the fleet, as a whole, would fly approximately 4,500 flight hours across 3,000 sorties each year for just one day shy of five years, in January. Hillwood, a subsidiary of The Perot Group, has a deal with KAI in South Korea to represent the T-50 in the United States.
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