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On Replacing the T-38

On Replacing the T-38

The U.S. Air Force has been flying fifth-generation advanced fighter jets for 11 years now, but believe it or not, it’s still training pilots for planes like the F-35 and F-22 with aircraft designed more than a half century ago.

Plans are in the works to build a new advanced fighter jet trainer, and this month, Lockheed Martin flew its candidate for the first time. It’s called the T-50A.

If Lockheed has its way, the T-50A will replace Northrop’s T-38 Talon, which first flew in 1959 — when Dwight Eisenhower was President and “Twilight Zone” was a top TV show.

The premise is this: If you’re going to put a pilot in a $100 million jet with high-performance flight characteristics and super sophisticated targeting displays and data links, why not train the pilot in something similar?

For the complete story by Thom Patterson of CNN, click here.

Updated: June 9, 2016 — 5:31 PM

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