Second Lockheed Martin T-50A Takes Flight in
Greenville, South Carolina
GREENVILLE, S.C., Feb. 20, 2017 /PRNewswire/
— Two Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) T-50A aircraft are now soaring together
in the skies over Greenville, South Carolina. The inaugural Feb. 20 flight
of the second production-ready T-50A from Lockheed Martin’s Advanced Pilot
Training (APT) operations center in Greenville further demonstrates
the company’s established, lowest-risk offering in the U.S. Air Force’s T-X
In February 2016, Lockheed Martin
announced its plan to offer the T-50A in the APT competition and build the
aircraft at a final assembly and checkout (FACO) facility in Greenville.
Lockheed Martin formally unveiled its
T-50A FACO and operations center in August 2016.
The T-50A is ready on day one of contract
award and is purpose-built around 5th Generation thinking. It will train the
F-22 Raptor and F-35 Lightning II pilots of tomorrow, as well as pilots for
frontline 4th Generation aircraft. The low risk T-50A builds upon the proven
heritage of the T-50 with more than 150 T-50s flying today – 200,000 flight
hours and counting – and more than 1,800 pilots who have trained in this
Lockheed Martin’s accompanying T-50A Ground-Based Training System features
innovative technologies that deliver an immersive, synchronized ground-based
training platform. The T-50A team also brings extensive experience in
world-class, worldwide logistics support.