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Boeing T-X moving towards first flight

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posted on Dec, 1 2016 @ 12:45 PM
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Boeing has successfully completed an afterburner engine run, and is hitting their test points, moving towards an end of year first flight. A second airframe was revealed, and is undergoing systems checks. They expect to fuel it for the first time in the coming weeks. The next test for the prototype includes a simulated flight, while tied down. The final check before getting board approval for first flight and FAA certification is for it to suffer several simulated systems failures. Then come taxi tests. If the schedule holds, the aircraft will fly just as the Air Force issues the final RFP.


ORLANDO, Fla. — The Boeing-Saab T-X trainer is on track to fly by the end of the year after completing afterburner engine runs last week, Boeing officials said.

Only a few more major tests remain before the plane makes its inaugural flight, said program manager Ted Torgerson during a Nov. 23 interview ahead of the Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC).

“We are clicking off all of our test points, we have tested around somewhere around nearly 1,200 test points on the jet on ground tests,” he said.

The next test involves putting the plane, engine running, through the motions of a flight — takeoff, climb and landing — with the aircraft tied down to the runway, Torgerson said. The company will also check how the airplane responds to simulated system failures. After that, a Boeing-Saab board will clear the aircraft for flight, and the Federal Aviation Administration will certify it. Finally, the company will conduct low-, medium- and high-speed taxi tests before flying the jet.

www.defensenews.com...




posted on Dec, 1 2016 @ 01:15 PM
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a reply to: Zaphod58

Is Saab responsible for the turbine assembly? Everywhere I went to look, they ask me for a sign up so I thought I ask my humble question to you, once again.



posted on Dec, 1 2016 @ 01:44 PM
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a reply to: verschickter

They're building a chunk of the fuselage. In June, an Il-76 went from Norrköping to St Louis, with an overnight stop in Iceland. Based on the shape, it looks like the fuselage, aft of the cockpit, back to the tail area.




posted on Dec, 1 2016 @ 02:38 PM
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a reply to: Zaphod58
I can imagine Boeing utilizing Saabs extensive testing range. To early for EM/EW so I say structural tests.



posted on Dec, 1 2016 @ 02:57 PM
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a reply to: verschickter

Boeing has a pretty extensive range in Missouri for testing. From the looks of things, Boeing is building the forward fuselage, wing, tail, and aft fuselage, and SAAB is building the center fuselage. They'll ship them to St Louis for final assembly.



posted on Dec, 1 2016 @ 03:04 PM
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a reply to: Zaphod58
Once again, I excelled in nonsene, when it comes to this forum. If there is ever an electronics forum you have some dumb questions free to ask, too



posted on Dec, 1 2016 @ 03:15 PM
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a reply to: verschickter

If you go to the St Charles Airport in Missouri on Google Earth, you can find a Boeing place that has neat things there. Bits of torn down F-18, a complete F-18 and F-15, etc.



posted on Dec, 1 2016 @ 03:18 PM
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a reply to: Zaphod58

Perfect, I always liked taking things apart to see how they work, not expecting this result here but great input. If the resolution allows it



posted on Dec, 1 2016 @ 03:20 PM
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a reply to: verschickter

The resolution is pretty good. Where the F-18s are parked there are all kinds of parts laying around on the ground.



posted on Dec, 1 2016 @ 03:26 PM
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a reply to: Zaphod58

I´ll look into this tomorrow, I want to take some time for that. It´s 22:22 here. Much appreciated. Although, I don´t expect any major discoveries, they sure learned from that sub incident .



posted on Dec, 20 2016 @ 10:44 PM
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Boeing released video of the first flight which occurred today. The flight lasted 55 minutes, and validated basic flight parameters of the aircraft.

www.boeing.com...#/video-player/boeing-t-x-first-flight



posted on Dec, 21 2016 @ 02:45 AM
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a reply to: Zaphod58

Is the det chord a redundant system or just a cheaper solution than punching through a thin canopy or ejecting the whole canopy?



posted on Dec, 21 2016 @ 07:46 AM
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posted on Dec, 21 2016 @ 07:59 AM
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a reply to: Zaphod58

Hey Zaph, what is exactly will be the purpose of this aircraft? Im not sure what a trainer is lol sorry if its a dumb question



posted on Dec, 21 2016 @ 09:14 AM
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a reply to: Forensick

It's much safer.



posted on Dec, 21 2016 @ 09:15 AM
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a reply to: JakeR777

Pilot training. The plane selected for the T-X will be what people in the Air Force will fly when they're training to become pilots of other aircraft.



posted on Dec, 21 2016 @ 01:17 PM
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a reply to: Zaphod58

Do I see some low observable technology hiding there? At least maybe some IR reductions?



posted on Dec, 22 2016 @ 04:01 AM
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originally posted by: Zaphod58
a reply to: Forensick

It's much safer.


Thanks.

I though the Typhoon removed it for better visibility and designedthe canopy so thin a spike on the seat punches through it anyway should the canopy fail?

Do you think/know with the HMD being the basic package for future gen aircraft, a spotless canopy with as few breaks and 50/50 chuck Yeager eyesight is no longer required you can go back to det chord?



posted on Dec, 22 2016 @ 09:36 AM
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a reply to: Forensick

The A-6 put you through the canopy. There was an accident during RIMPAC where one was downed, and the pilot just about lost his nose from the glass as he went through.



posted on Dec, 22 2016 @ 01:46 PM
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Boeing 360 degree cockpit view of the flight:





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