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T-45A Goshawk training aircraft

 
Description
The T-45 Goshawk is a tandem-seat, carrier capable, jet trainer whose mission is to train Navy and Marine Corps pilots.
 
Features
The T-45 aircraft, the Navy version of the British Aerospace Hawk aircraft, was designed for intermediate and advanced portions of the Navy/Marine Corps pilot training program for jet carrier aviation and tactical strike missions. The T-45 Goshawk replaced the T-2C Buckeye and the TA-4J Skyhawk with an integrated training system that included the aircraft, operations and instrument fighter simulators, academics and training integration system. There were two versions of T-45 aircraft, the T-45A and T-45C derivatives. The T-45A, which became operational in 1991, contained an analog design cockpit and the T-45C was built around a digital cockpit design. All T-45As have undergone the Required Avionics Modernization Program (RAMP) bringing all to a T-45C configuration. A Virtual Mission Training System modification that enables training of Undergraduate Military Flight Officers (UMFOs) in radar and navigation skills at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida, which replaced the T-39G and T-39N, became fully operational in 2014. Planned future avionics upgrades include Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) and Required Navigation Performance/Area Navigation (RNP/RNAV) which will allow the T-45 to meet the FAAs NextGen airspace requirements resulting in the continued ability to train student naval aviators for the planned life of the aircraft.
 
Point Of Contact
Naval Air Systems Command
PEO (T) Public Affairs Officer
47123 Buse Road, Bldg. 2272, Rm. 454
Patuxent River, MD 20670-1547
(301) 757-7171
 
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: 5 October 2016
 
 
Photo: A T-45C Goshawk lands aboard USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67)