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Air Force pays homage to Tuskegee Airmen in newest training plane

The Air Force’s all-new advanced trainer aircraft, the T-X, has officially been named the T-7A Red Hawk.

U.S. AIR FORCE

By HOWARD KOPLOWITZ | Alabama Media Group | Published: September 17, 2019

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (Tribune News Service) — The Air Force’s new training plane unveiled Monday takes its inspiration from the Tuskegee Airmen.

The T-7A Red Hawk features a red-tailed color scheme just like the Republic P-47 Thunderbolts and North American P-51 Mustangs flown by the first black military pilots in World War II, the Air Force announced. The name of the training plane is another tribute to the Tuskegee Airmen; the black pilots also flew the Curtiss P-40 Warhawk during their missions.

“The T-7A will be the staple of a new generation of aircraft,” said Acting Secretary of the Air Force Matthew Donovan. “The Red Hawk offers advanced capabilities for training tomorrow’s pilots on data links, simulated radar, smart weapons, defensive management systems, as well as synthetic training capabilities.”

The new plane’s name was unveiled during Donovan’s speech Monday at the 2019 Air Force Association’s Air, Space and Cyber Conference.

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