Lock­heed Martin be­gins T-50A flight op­er­a­tions in South Carolina


The ini­tial fil­ght of Lock­heed Martin T-50A took place over Greenville, South Carolina, on Novem­ber 19, 2016. The T-50A was an­nounced as the of­fi­cial Lock­heed Martin/Korea Aero­space In­dus­tries (KAI) of­fer­ing for the US Air Force’s Ad­vanced Pi­lot Train­ing (APT)/T-X com­pe­ti­tion in Fe­bru­ary, and Greenville was an­nounced as the fi­nal assem­bly and check­out fa­cil­ity (FACO).

The T-50A is pur­pose-built around fifth­gen­er­a­tion think­ing, and will train the F-22 Rap­tor and F-35 Light­ning II pi­lots of to­mor­row, as well as pi­lots for front­line fourth­gen­er­a­tion air­craft. Build­ing on the proven her­itage of the T-50, the T-50A has more than 1,00,000 flight hours in its reper­toire, train­ing more than 1,800 pi­lots.

Lock­heed Martin’s ac­com­pa­ny­ing T-50A ground-based train­ing sys­tem fea­tures in­no­va­tive tech­nolo­gies that de­liver an im­mer­sive, syn­chro­nised ground-based train­ing plat­form.

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