The four-star general in charge of pilot instruction for the U.S. Air Force says he needs a new jet trainer, but acknowledges it is unlikely to enter the fleet until about 2020 owing to tighter budgets expected in Fiscal 2010 and beyond. The average age of the Air Force’s twin-engine, supersonic T-38 trainer is 42 years. The T-38C configuration, which includes upgraded avionics and engine components, is primarily used to train pilots flying the F-15, F-16, F-22, A-10 and B-1 fleets. ...

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