On the 20th of December 2016 Boeing and its partner Saab completed the first flight of their all-new T-X aircraft. The first of two production-ready, Boeing T-X, designed specifically for the US Air Force’s training requirements, completed its first flight in St. Louis (USA).

The single-engine trainer with twin tails and stadium seating was piloted by lead T-X test pilot Steve Schmidt.  He said: “The cockpit is intuitive, spacious and adjustable, so everything is within easy reach.”

The U. S. Air Force is finally ready to replace the aging T-38 Talon trainer jet that was used to train military pilots for 55 years.

Dan Draeger, Boeing’s chief pilot for Air Force programs who was in the back seat, commented: “It was a smooth flight and I had a great all-around view from the instructor’s seat, which is critical during training.”

The second aircraft, T2, is currently in ground testing and expected to fly in early 2017.

The 360 video of the first fight:


Clip of the first take off: