first published on September 19, 2019 by Funker
The Air Force has named their brand new advanced trainer aircraft the T-7A “Red Hawk” in honor of the legendary Tuskegee Airmen.
The Boeing aircraft will replace the 57-year-old fleet of T-38C Talon trainers and is designed to prepare fighter pilots to use 5th Generation warplanes like the F-35 Lightning II.
“The Red Hawk offers advanced capabilities for training tomorrow’s pilots on data links, simulated radar, smart weapons, defensive management systems, as well as synthetic training capabilities,” said acting Secretary of the Air Force Matthew Donovan at the 2019 Air Force Association’s Air, Space and Cyber Conference in National Harbor, on Sept. 16.
The new trainer will allow pilots to train in a high-G environment, manage information sensors, perform high angle of attack flight positions, and train on night operations, making for a more seamless transition to the F-35.
The name Red Hawk and red tail design are a throwback to the African American fighter squadrons of WWII who flew more than 15,000 individual sorties in Europe and North Africa during World War II.
The Air Force awarded a $9.2 billion contract to Boeing to deliver 351 of the T-7A aircraft and supporting equipment. They will begin fulfilling the order in 2023.