|The T-1A Jayhawk is a
jet trainer used in the advanced phase of specialized undergraduate
pilot training for students selected to fly airlift or tanker aircraft.
It is also used to support navigator training for the U.S. Air Force,
Navy, Marine Corps and international services.
swept-wing T-1A is a military version of the Beech 400A. It has cockpit
seating for an instructor and two students and is powered by twin
turbofan engines capable of an operating speed of Mach .78. The T-1A
differs from its commercial counterpart with structural enhancements
that provide for increased bird strike resistance and an additional
fuselage fuel tank.
The first T-1A was delivered to Reese Air
Base, Texas, in January 1992, and student training began in 1993.
the late 1950s, Air Force undergraduate pilot training students have
trained in two aircraft: the T-37 Tweet, the primary trainer, and the
T-38 Talon, the advanced trainer. With the introduction of specialized
undergraduate pilot training in 1993, students continue to receive
their primary flying training in the T-37, but the advanced phase was
tailored for students' follow-on assignments.
training for students identified to go into airlift or tanker aircraft
is conducted in the T-1A. Those selected for bombers and fighters
receive their advanced in the T-38.
The T-1A is used at
Columbus AFB, Miss., Laughlin AFB, Texas, and Vance AFB, Okla. It is
also used at Randolph AFB, Texas, to train instructor pilots and at
Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla., for navigation training.