Boeing Unveils New Missouri-Made T-X Trainer

An F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 81 flies over the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17 are underway on a western Pacific deployment.

Boeing’s Missouri-based Defense, Space & Security division unveiled their new T-X advanced pilot trainer first production jet, co-developed by Saab, in the hopes of winning a coveted contract with the U.S. Air Force.

The aircraft features anhedral wings and tail fin with side mounted engine air intakes. This clean sheet design is unique as it features a twin canted tail plane and Leading Edge Root Extensions (LERX) inspired from the Boeing’s F/A-18 Super Hornet. The aircraft also contains stadium seating for improved visibility while allowing for ideal instructor positioning for in-flight instruction, as well as an advanced cockpit with embedded training.



The T-X trainer program is a top priority for the U.S. Air Force, and initial acquisition is expected to include more than 300 aircraft along with the associated ground training and support. Boeing currently produces the F-15 Strike Eagle, EA-18 Growler, and F/A-18 Super Hornet aircraft at its Missouri Defense, Space and Security headquarters.

Missouri has a rich history in aerospace, from Charles Lindbergh, to the Mercury space program, to the latest in aerospace innovation. Today, that cutting edge innovation continues with 100 companies across Missouri, including Boeing, leading the way in every aspect of military aviation and equipment.