T-1A Advanced Military Trainer Achieves One Million Flight Hour Mark
WICHITA, Kan. (Dec 15, 2005) - The Raytheon Aircraft Company produced T-1A Advanced Military Trainer aircraft reached the one million flight hour mark with the U.S. government. The T1A aircraft is a missionized version of the Beechjet Model 400A and was first delivered to the USAF in January 1992. The Beechjet was modified to improve the utility of the airplane in its military role as a primary training platform that is used by Air Force student pilots entering the Air Education & Training Command Airlift/Tanker track. As an advanced phase Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training (SUPT) trainer, the T-1A provides specialized pilot training in transition, navigation and mission familiarization roles. The airplane possesses handling characteristics, special training features and a level of redundancy commensurate with the AETC heavy lift training environment, and skill levels of relatively inexperienced student pilots.
The T-1A interior is fully missionized for the SUPT role. The Flight Deck features side-by-side seating for primary flight crew members with a third jump seat was added to accommodate a second student during training flights. Seat adjustment in the crew seats accommodates pilots with physical dimensions varying from the first percentile female to the 99th percentile male pilot. Ground and flight deck heating and cooling is provided by an on-board system utilizing ground power. This system allows the aircraft to be used for pre-flight planning and training prior to engine start in extreme weather conditions. The aircraft is capable of being used in high altitude (Maximum approved altitude is 39,000 feet.) and low altitude training missions.
The civilian version of the T-1A, the Beechjet Model 400A, has now been upgraded and renamed the Hawker 400XP with over 500 in service worldwide.
Raytheon Aircraft designs, manufactures, markets and supports Beechcraft and Hawker aircraft for the world's commercial and military markets.
- T-1A built by Raytheon Aircraft Company under contract with McDonnell Douglas (now Boeing), awarded in March 1990.
- First aircraft delivery was in January 1992.
- 180 T-1A aircraft were produced under this contract.
- The T-1A is powered by two Pratt & Whitney JT-15D-5B engines.
- Aircraft are assigned to AETC bases in Oklahoma, Mississippi and Texas.
- The T-1A is also used by the US Navy at NAS Pensacola for its Under Graduate Military Flight Officer Training program.
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