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originally posted by: verschickter
a reply to: Zaphod58
Alright that answered my questions, current F-35 pilots fly the T-38 as of now but will get their F35 customized trainer plane later. Thank you for your patience explaining that to me.
originally posted by: Forensick
I thought BAE were still in the T-X race with the Hawk and Northrop?
They did a full glass cockpit as mentioned for the latest upgrade (think they did the US navy too??), BAe gave them hotas and MFDs for Australia, South Africa and India, they are used as front line multi role aircraft by some nations.
My money is on the Hawk, clean sheet design is too risky, proven and I would imagine being updated to be the UKs F-35 Trainer the US Marines will probably want it too.
originally posted by: Zaphod58
a reply to: Forensick
No, just about none of the initial offerings met the sustained G requirement, as well as a couple others.
The M-346 (T-100) was recently put back into the mix, and it, under the current configuration, can barely meet the sustained G requirement.