Experience developing the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter influenced Lockheed Martin’s decision to reject a clean-sheet design and stay with the Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) T-50 for the U.S. Air Force’s T-X trainer competition. The F-35’s advanced cockpit and performance, and lack of a two-seat variant, is a driver behind the Air Force’s need to replace its elderly Northrop T-38s with a more suitable trainer. But the overlap between development and production built ...

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