ST. LOUIS, Dec. 21 (UPI) -- A new jet aircraft being offered to the U.S. Air Force as a trainer has successfully completed its first flight.
The T-X, produced by Boeing and Saab, is a single-engine, twin-tailed aircraft with stadium seating and an advanced cockpit with embedded training.
Boeing said the 55-minute flight validated key aspects of the aircraft and demonstrated the performance of the low-risk design.
"I've been a part of this team since the beginning, and it was really exciting to be the first to train and fly," said Boeinf test pilot Steven Schmidt. "The aircraft met all expectations. It's well designed and offers superior handling characteristics. The cockpit is intuitive, spacious and adjustable, so everything is within easy reach."
Boeing and Saab are to offer the T-X as a replacement for the Air Force's aging T-38. The T-X was unveiled the aircraft last September. Initial operating capability is planned for 2024.