Computer made/mounted on velcro 4.0 inch-100mm
Note: This is a patch Boeing ordered before the aircraft’s official name change to “Red Hawk” occured.
Boeing T-7 “RED HAWK”
The Boeing/Saab T-7 Red Hawk, originally known as the Boeing T-X, is an American/Swedish advanced jet trainer developed by Boeing Defense, Space & Security in partnership with Saab Group. It was selected on 27 Sep 2018 by the United States Air Force (USAF) as the winner of the T-X program to replace the Northrop T-38 Talon.
The USAF’s Air Education and Training Command (AETC) began developing the requirements for a replacement for the Northrop T-38 Talon as early as 2003. Originally, the replacement trainer waexpected to enter service around 2020. A fatigue failure in 2008 killed the two-person crew of a T-38C, and the USAF advanced the target date of initial operational capability (IOC) to 2017. In the Fiscal 2013 budget proposal, the USAF suggested delaying the initial operating capability to FY2020 with the contract award not expected before FY2016. Shrinking budgets and higher priority modernization projects pushed the IOC of the T-X program winner to “fiscal year 2023 or 2024”. Although the program was left out of the FY 2014 budget entirely, the service still viewed the trainer Boeing’s submission to the competition was the Boeing T-X, a single-engine advanced jet trainer with a twin tail, tandem seating and retractable tricycle landing gear. The submitted aircraft and demonstration models were powered by a General Electric F404 afterburning turbofan engine.
Boeing revealed its aircraft to the public on 13 Sep 2016. The first T-X aircraft flew on 20 Dec 2016.
On 27 Sep 2018, Boeing’s design was officially announced as the USAF’s new advanced jet trainer, replacing the T-38 Talon. A total of 351 aircraft and 46 simulators, maintenance training and support are to be supplied at a program cost of US$9.2 billion.
U.S. Air Force publicity photo of the T-7A Red Hawk showing Red Tail livery
In May 2019, Saab announced that it would open a U.S. manufacturing facility for the T-X in Indiana in partnership with Purdue University.
On 16 Sep 2019, the USAF officially named the aircraft the “T-7A Red Hawk” as a tribute to the Tuskegee Airmen, who painted their airplanes’ tails red, and to the Curtiss P-40 Warhawk, one of the aircraft flown by the Tuskegee Airmen.