Lockheed Martin has commenced flight operations of its T-50A at its Greenville, South Carolina, T-50A final assembly and check out (FACO) facility. TX-2 was shipped from South Korea and returned to flight status in mid-November, and TX-1 is expected to follow upon completion of its supersonic trials, in order to be flying from Greenville in early February.
The T-50A is Lockheed Martin’s pitch for the USAF T-X competition, and it is based on the FA-50 light fighter. Lockheed Martin’s two flying test aircraft, TX-1 and TX-2, are both modified FA-50s. The aircraft entered flight test on June 2 and July 26, respectively, in Sacheon, South Korea. Both feature new large-area display (LAD) main instrument panels, which are the same size as that of the F-35 (20 x 8in), a new head-up display (HUD), and new cockpit arrangement.
A full feature on the T-50A appears in the December issue of Combat Aircraft.