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T-45A Goshawk training aircraft

The T-45A Goshawk is a tandem-seat, carrier capable, jet trainer whose mission is to train Navy and Marine Corps pilots.
The T-45A aircraft, the Navy version of the British Aerospace Hawk aircraft, is used for intermediate and advanced portions of the Navy/Marine Corps pilot training program for jet carrier aviation and tactical strike missions. The T-45A has replaced the T-2 Buckeye trainer and the TA-4 trainer with an integrated training system that includes the T-45A Goshawk aircraft, operations and instrument fighter simulators, academics, and training integration system. There are two versions of T-45 aircraft currently in operational use at this time, the T-45A and T-45C derivatives. The T-45A, which became operational in 1991, contains an analog design cockpit while the new T-45C (began delivery in December 1997) is built around a new digital "glass cockpit" design.
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General Characteristics
Primary Function: Training platform for Navy/Marine Corps pilots.
Contractor: Boeing Company.
Date Deployed: First flight, April 1988; Operational, 1991.
Unit Cost: $17.2 million.
Propulsion: Rolls Royce F405-RR-401 turbofan engine with 5,527 pounds thrust.
Length: 39 feet 4 inches (11.98 meters).
Height: 13 feet 6 inches (4.11 meters).
Wingspan: 30 feet 10 inches (9.39 meters).
Weight: Take-off maximum gross, 13,500 pounds (6,075 kg); empty 9,394 pounds (4,261 kg).
Airspeed: 645 miles per hour (1038 km per hour).
Ceiling: 42,500 feet.
Range: 700 nautical miles (805 statute miles, 1288 km).
Crew: Two (instructor pilot, student pilot).
Armament: None.
Last Update: 18 February 2009
Photo: A T-45C Goshawk lands aboard USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67)