The Boeing T-X jet fighter trainer was developed in partnership with Swedish defense contractor Saab. The partners' strategy was demonstrating to the Air Force and the US Department of Defense the ability of the "blank sheet" aircraft to compete with off-the-shelf competitors for a contract in terms of quick delivery.
It has twin tails derived from Boeing's F/A-18 for greater maneuverability and a high angle of attack, stadium seating, an advanced cockpit with embedded training, and the ability to blend with state-of-the-art ground-based training. In addition, it's billed as being maintenance-friendly in anticipation of decades of service.
The first flight was flown by Test Pilot Steven Schmidt and Chief Pilot for Air Force Programs Dan Draeger, on 55-minute flight.
The T-X could enter service by 2024 while a second T-X was being ground tested to fly the next year.