First flight for Boeing-Saab T-X
The Boeing-Saab T-X completed the first flight on December 20, 2016 from St Louis, Missouri.
The flight lasted 55 minutes during which lead T-X Test Pilot Steven Schmidt and Chief Pilot for Air Force Programmes Dan Draeger validated key aspects of the jet and its performance.
Schmidt said: “I’ve been a part of this team since the beginning, and it was really exciting to be the first to train and fly. The aircraft met all expectations.”
Daeger said: “It was a smooth flight and a successful test mission.”
Both pilots trained for the flight using the complete Boeing T-X system, which includes ground-based training and simulation.
Boeing and Saab announced their response to T-X, which aims to introduce a replacement for the US Air Force’s T-38 by 2024, and unveiled the first aircraft in September 2016. A second jet is in ground testing and expected to fly in early 2017.