The arrival marks the formal start of the Air Force’s developmental flight test campaign for the new trainer aircraft.
After struggling with multiple delays, the T-7A Red Hawk finally landed at Edwards Air Force Base, California, on Nov.8, 2023. The aircraft, known as APT-2, is the first production representative jet off the assembly line and was piloted by a joint U.S. Air Force and Boeing aircrew during a journey which included stops at Vance AFB, Oklaoma, Kirtland AFB, New Mexico and Luke AFB, Arizona, supported by one of Boeing’s Challenger 600 jets.
“The ferry to Edwards marks a major milestone for the T-7 Program as we enter Developmental Flight Test to find out just what this aircraft can do,” said Col. Kirt Cassell, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center T-7 Program Manager. “I’ve challenged the collective team to keep up the momentum and teamwork as we still have a long way to go.”
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