T-X: then there were two…

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While the company is yet to confirm whether it will join the T-X competition, Textron AirLand has flown the first production-conforming Scorpion, which features four degrees of wing sweep and new Garmin avionics. The aircraft, N530TX, flew at McConnell Air Force Base, Wichita on December 22 with Don Parker and Dave Sitz at the controls. Textron AirLand

THE US Air Force’s T-X next-generation trainer competition has been reduced to a likely contest between Boeing/ Saab and Lockheed Martin/Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) after the dramatic withdrawal of the Northrop Grumman and Raytheon/Leonardo teams. Valued at around $16bn, the T-X programme aims to provide the USAF with at least 350 new jet trainers beginning in 2024.

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