According to the USAF, Boeing will produce more than 350 Red Hawk planes under a contract worth more than $9.2 billion. There is also speculation that the Red Hawk’s design could be easily modified to incorporate radar systems, electronic warfare equipment or underwing weapon stations, making it an attractive purchase for other branches. US military or even international allies.
The trainer jet features a glass touchscreen cockpit that offers more modern styling – as well as a more hands-on piloting experience, we hope – and tiered seating, so the instructor and the trainee have sufficient ability to fly the aircraft without visual obstructions.
Production models of the T-7A Red Hawk feature a red tail section, a reference to the red-painted tails of aircraft flown during World War II by the 99th Fighter Squadron, better known as the “Tuskegee Airmen”. One of the aircraft they flew was the Curtiss P-40 Warhawk, which influenced the design of the T-7A Red Hawk.
In the same tradition of equality that the Red Hawk name and design aspires to embody, the trainer jet is built to safely accommodate a wider variety of pilot types and sizes than previous jets, allowing for a larger recruitment pool with more women than before. been the case. Hopefully similar updates will make their way to the USAF’s other next-generation aircraft.
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