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The T-45A Goshawk is a tandem-seat, carrier capable, jet trainer whose mission is to train Navy and Marine Corps pilots.

The T-45A aircraft, the Navy version of the British Aerospace Hawk aircraft, is used for intermediate and advanced portions of the Navy/Marine Corps pilot training program for jet carrier aviation and tactical strike missions. The T-45A has replaced the T-2 Buckeye trainer and the TA-4 trainer with an integrated training system that includes the T-45A Goshawk aircraft, operations and instrument fighter simulators, academics, and training integration system. There are two versions of T-45 aircraft currently in operational use at this time, the T-45A and T-45C derivatives. The T-45A, which became operational in 1991, contains an analog design cockpit while the new T-45C (began delivery in December 1997) is built around a new digital "glass cockpit" design.

General Characteristics

  • Primary Function: Training platform for Navy/Marine Corps pilots.
  • Contractor: Boeing Company.
  • Date Deployed: First flight, April 1988; Operational, 1991.
  • Unit Cost: $17.2 million.
  • Propulsion: Rolls Royce F405-RR-401 turbofan engine with 5,527 pounds thrust.
  • Length: 39 feet 4 inches (11.98 meters).
  • Height: 13 feet 6 inches (4.11 meters).
  • Wingspan: 30 feet 10 inches (9.39 meters).
  • Weight: Take-off maximum gross, 13,500 pounds (6,075 kg); empty 9,394 pounds (4,261 kg).
  • Airspeed: 645 miles per hour (1038 km per hour).
  • Ceiling: 42,500 feet.
  • Range: 700 nautical miles (805 statute miles, 1288 km).
  • Crew: Two (instructor pilot, student pilot).
  • Armament: None.

Source: U. S. Navy Fact File