T-7A Red Hawk Trainer Concludes Climatic Testing

The T-7A, set to replace the T-38C, aims to enhance training for future fighter and bomber pilots
  • Defensemirror.com bureau
  • 08:39 AM, February 27, 2024
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T-7A Red Hawk Trainer Concludes Climatic Testing
T-7A Red Hawk Trainer

The U.S. Air Force's new trainer aircraft, the T-7A Red Hawk, has completed a month-long trial of extreme weather conditions inside the McKinley Climatic Lab on February 23, 2024.

The Boeing test aircraft endured real temperatures from 110 degrees to minus 25 degrees Fahrenheit, along with heavy humidity conditions, within the lab's 55,000 square foot test chamber.

The tests aimed to verify the T-7A's sustainability in various operational environments, crucial for pilot training bases nationwide.

Lab technicians created extreme environments, and Boeing and Air Force aircrew assessed the aircraft's reactions during system operations and engine runs. The testing schedule included quick transitions between superheated desert conditions and below-freezing temperatures.

The T-7A, set to replace the T-38C, aims to enhance training for future fighter and bomber pilots, preparing them for advanced aircraft. After climatic lab tests, the T-7A will undergo further evaluation at Boeing to ensure technical orders are safe and accurate for operators and maintainers.

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