The entry of Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) and Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) into the running for T-X was something no-one saw coming. It is perhaps the most intriguing of the solutions on offer to the USAF.

An artist’s impression of the new Freedom Trainer. Two Williams International FJ44-4M engines will power this lightweight composite trainer.

EMERGING FROM THE shadows in December 2016 thanks to a story in industry publication Aviation Week, the so-called Freedom Trainer is an unlikely T-X participant.

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