800.000 flight hours for the T-45 Goshawks
The T-45 Goshawk, the U.S. Navy`s jet trainer aircraft, flew its 800,000th
hour in its 15th
year of service with the Naval Air Training Command. The twin-seat, single-engine Goshawk prepares student aviators to transition to front-line Navy and Marine Corps fleet aircraft.
The Goshawk is a component of the fully integrated T-45 training system, which comprises high-fidelity instrument and flight simulators, computer-assisted classroom learning, an automated training-management asset and contractor logistics support. More than 3,000 student aviators from the Navy, Marine Corps and several international militaries have received instruction on the system at naval air stations in Meridian, Miss., and Kingsville, Texas, before earning their coveted ``Wings of Gold``.
Boeing recently rolled out the 207th
Goshawk from its St. Louis assembly facility, with a total of 221 currently under contract. The company has continually upgraded the aircraft with features such as leading-edge wing slats for better low-speed performance; high-gain nose-wheel steering for safer taxiing on crowded flight decks; and a reinforced composite stabilizer with increased span for better pitch control.
Boeing builds the T-45 in partnership with BAE Systems, which supplies the rear and center fuselage sections, wing assembly and main landing gear. Rolls-Royce provides the Adour Mk 851 turbofan power plant.