Boeing revealed its new T-X aircraft design and the first two product aircraft in September 2016. Last week, five future engineers from Missouri high schools and universities had a chance to experience the full advanced pilot training system for themselves. They became the first members of the general public to see and experience its advanced cockpit.
Designed with future generations in mind, the Boeing T-X cockpit features a simple layout, superior visibility, stadium seating, an upfront controller display and a large area touchscreen display.
"This is more geared toward the generation coming up, and it's easier to use than the old way of switches and knobs,” said Myles Hinton, a senior from Hazelwood Central High School. “So you can really relate to having to use this like you would use your phone on a day-to-day basis."
The students also toured the state-of-the-art classroom, which included desktop trainers and interactive displays; flew the real-as-it-gets ground base training simulator guided by a former T-38 pilot instructor; and had the opportunity to climb into one of the jets with Boeing T-X chief test pilot Steven “Bull” Schmidt.
"Brand new features include the avionics large area display, the up-front control and the touch-screen technology,” said Steve "Bull" Schmidt, Boeing T-X Chief Test Pilot. “We've really tried to put as much functionality on there as we could and take as many mechanical switches out of the cockpit."
Boeing T-X is an all-new advanced pilot training system designed specifically for the U.S. Air Force training mission. It includes trainer aircraft, ground-based training and support – designed together from the ground up. And, if the U.S. Air Force selects Boeing T-X, it will train fighter and bomber pilots for generations to come.
Watch the video to hear from the students as they experience firsthand the T-X advanced pilot training system.
Learn more about Boeing T-X by visiting www.boeing.com/T-X or following #NewBoeingTX on social media.
Future engineers with Steve (Bull) Schmidt, Boeing test pilot in front of Boeing T-X.