Lockheed Martin and Korea Aerospace Industries KAI have announced that the T-50
Golden Eagle Advanced Supersonic Trainer reached supersonic speed for the first
In this first supersonic flight the T-50 Golden Eagle reached and held a target
speed of Mach 1.05, Mach 1 is the speed of sound.
T-50's maximum design speed is targeted on Mach 1.5.
This milestone was accomplished on the number 1 test aircraft during a 60 minute
flight from the air base of Sachon, South Korea.
Mach 1.05 was achieved at an altitude of 40,000 feet using full afterburner on
its F404-GE-102 engine.
Supersonic Flight is a major milestone for the T-50 program, and also for a
potential light attack variant.
The flight program is on track, two flight test aircraft have accumulated more
than 120 flight hours.
The T-50 full scale development program started in 1997 and will continue
through 2005. Initial production authorization for this aircraft is planned for
third quarter 2003 with production deliveries to begin in 2005.
The T-50 Golden Eagle trainer will have the maneuverability, endurance and
advanced systems to prepare future pilots to fly current and next generation
fighters such as advanced F-16s, the F/A-22 and the F-35.
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