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100th Lockheed Martin T-50A Test Flight


Lockheed Martin’s T-50A recently achieved a major milestone reaching the 100 flights mark in Greenville, South Carolina. Photo: Lockheed Martin

Eleven months after its first flight, the Lockheed Martin T-50A has this week completed its 100th test flight.

The T-50A is Lockheed Martin’s offer to the US Air Force’s Advanced Pilot Training requirement to introduce a new training platform to replace the T-38.

The aircraft was formally unveiled in August 2016 and first flew from Greenville, South Carolina in November 2016. There are two flight test aircraft, TX-1 and TX-2.

Lockheed Martin submitted flight test data to the US Air Force to respond to the APT in June, but the company’s T-50A programme director Doug Batista said it, “continues to produce a regular rhythm of sorties to keep the pilots proficient, the aircraft operational and ensure we’re prepared to ramp up operations on day one of a decision.”

Elliott Clemence, Lockheed Martin test pilot, said: “This particular flight in TX-2, included simulated air-to-air engagements, simulated air-to-surface attacks, and instrument proficiency training.”

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