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.