Boeing T-X

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Boeing T-X
Two parked Boeing T-Xs (181005-F-PO640-0021).JPG
Role Advanced trainer
National origin United States/Sweden
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 developed by Boeing Defense, Space & Security in partnership with Saab Group. It was selected on 27 September 2018 by the United States Air Force as the winner of the 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-engine 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. The aircraft is capable of in-flight refueling using the boom and receptacle.[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 revealed on 13 September 2016.[5] The first BTX-1 aircraft flew on 20 December 2016.[6][7]

On 27 September 2018, it was officially announced that the Boeing T-X will become the U.S. Air Force's new advanced jet trainer, replacing the T-38 Talon. A total of 351 aircraft and 46 simulators are to be supplied at a program cost of US$9.2 billion.[8][9][10][11]


Data from Flight Global,[6][12][verification needed]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 2
  • Length: 46.42 ft (14.15 m)
  • Wingspan: 32.81 ft (10.00 m)
  • Height: 13.12 ft (4.00 m)
  • Powerplant: 1 × General Electric F404 Afterburning turbofan, 11,000 lbf (49 kN) thrust dry, 17,700 lbf (79 kN) with afterburner
  • Maximum speed: 808 mph (1,300 km/h; 702 kn)
  • Range: 1,143 mi (993 nmi; 1,839 km)
  • Service ceiling: 50,000 ft (15,000 m)
  • Rate of climb: 33,500 ft/min (170 m/s)


  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. Retrieved 28 September 2018.
  3. ^ Clark, Colin. "Boeing Takes T-X Lead as Northrop Joins Raytheon & Drops Out of T-X". Breaking Defense. Retrieved 2017-04-16.
  4. ^ "Boeing and Saab Sign Joint Development Agreement on T-X Family of Systems Training Competition". Boeing. Retrieved 2017-04-10.
  5. ^ "Boeing T-X Sees the Light". Boeing. Retrieved 2017-04-10.
  6. ^ a b "Boeing and Saab complete first T-X flight". Flight Global. 20 December 2016. Retrieved 28 September 2018.
  7. ^ Niles, Russ (20 December 2016). "Boeing/Saab T-X First Flight". AVweb. Retrieved 21 December 2016.
  8. ^ "Air Force awards $9B contract to Boeing for next training jet". Defense News. 2018-09-27. Retrieved 28 September 2018.
  9. ^ "Air Force awards next-generation fighter and bomber trainer". Saab. Retrieved 28 September 2018.
  10. ^ O'Connor, Kate (2 October 2018). "Air Force Selects New Combat Trainer". AVweb. Retrieved 3 October 2018.
  11. ^ "Boeing: It's Official: Boeing Wins T-X!". Retrieved 2019-01-22.
  12. ^ "Boeing-Saab T-X 5th Generation Advanced Jet Trainer Aircraft Prototype - United States". Retrieved 28 September 2018.

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