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Boeing T-7A Redhawk

Boeing T-7A Redhawk

Advanced trainer USAF

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The Boeing/Saab T-7 Red Hawk, originally known as the Boeing T-X, is an American/Swedish advanced jet trainer

Boeing T-7A Redhawk

The Boeing/Saab T-7 Red Hawk, originally known as the Boeing T-X, is an American/Swedish advanced jet trainer produced by Boeing in partnership with Saab. It was selected on 27 September 2018 by the United States Air Force (USAF) as the winner of the T-X program to replace the Northrop T-38 Talon.



Two prototypes for evaluation.
Production aircraft for the U.S. Air Force.


RoleAdvanced trainer
National originUnited States/Sweden
ManufacturerBoeing / Saab
First flight20 December 2016
StatusIn production (February 2021)
Primary userUnited States Air Force
Number built2


The USAF’s Air Education and Training Command (AETC) began developing the requirements for a replacement for the Northrop T-38 Talon as early as 2003. Originally, the replacement trainer was expected to enter service around 2020. A fatigue failure of a T-38C killed the two-person crew in 2008 and the USAF advanced the target date of initial operational capability (IOC) to 2017.[2] In the Fiscal 2013 budget proposal, the USAF suggested delaying the initial operating capability to FY2020 with the contract award not expected before FY2016.[3] Shrinking budgets and higher priority modernization projects pushed the IOC of the T-X program winner to “fiscal year 2023 or 2024”. Although the program was left out of the FY 2014 budget entirely, the service still viewed the trainer as a priority.

Specifications (T-7A) Data from Data from Flight Global

  • Specifications

    Data from Flight Global

    General characteristics

    • Crew: 2
    • Powerplant: 1 × General Electric F404-GE-103 afterburning turbofan, 11,000 lbf (49 kN) thrust dry, 17,000 lbf (76 kN) with afterburner