posted on Mar, 1 2018 @ 04:24 PM
The Air Force has announced that Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph will be the first base to house the T-X trainer that will replace the T-38. The
first aircraft is scheduled to arrive in 2022. Other locations will include Columbus Air Force Base, Vance Air Force Base, Sheppard Air Force Base,
and Laughlin Air Force Base. By using the existing training bases, it will take advantage of the existing runway structures, and airspace. That will
help keep costs down. By using San Antonio they'll be able to transition current T-38 instructors to the new airframe before they start having
students fly them.
The T-X program is expected to be awarded this year. It will be between Saab/Boeing with a clean sheet design, Leonardo with their M346 design, and
Lockheed/KAI with their T-50A.