In its effort to replace the T-38 trainer with the T-X, the U.S. Air Force is headed toward overspending billions of dollars to keep the T-1A Jayhawk in service until 2050. The 25-year-old T-1A is the service’s “forgotten trainer.” And it is already past its “economic life,” meaning it would be cheaper to replace than to upgrade and sustain. Last year, about half the T-1A fleet was grounded for repairs to horizontal stabilizer rib cracks and catastrophic ...

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