Design Engineering

Boeing reveals new U.S. military aircraft design

The T-X aircraft has one engine, twin tails, stadium seating and an advanced cockpit with embedded training.

September 14, 2016   Staff

Boeing is showing off its latest designs with two new production T-X aircraft. The aerospace giant partnered with Saab AB to develop next-generation aircraft specifically designed for U.S. Air Force training missions.

Boeing Saab T-X aircraft

The Boeing and Saab T-X aircraft. Photo courtesy of Boeing.

The project takes advantage of the latest technology, tools and manufacturing techniques. The design specifications make the aircraft more affordable and flexible than older iterations.

“Our T-X is real, ready and the right choice for training pilots for generations to come,” said Boeing Defense, Space & Security President and CEO Leanne Caret.

The Boeing T-X aircraft has one engine, twin tails, stadium seating and an advanced cockpit with embedded training. The system also offers state-of-the-art ground-based training and a maintenance-friendly design for long-term support.


“It’s an honor to build the future of Air Force training,” said Saab President and CEO Håkan Buskhe. “We have created the best solution thanks to great cooperation and a clear strategy since day one.”

The Air Force’s aging T-38 aircraft have a limited service life and the the new Boeing design has been slated to replace them when they enter into service in 2024.

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