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Building Better Pilots: Considerations to Ensure T-X Success

The T-X program must succeed, as it represents the foundation on which core US Air Force missions are based. Leadership is keenly aware that every year the T-38 Talon remains in service, sustainment costs will surge, while the aviators who will fly the Air Force’s most modern and sophisticated, or “fifth generation,” aircraft will not receive an optimum foundation of skills in pilot training. A simple aircraft replacement for the T-38 is not the goal. A successful T-X acquisition must balance the competing demands of both procurement and operations and sustainment bow waves to best serve the long-term needs of the Air Force’s most precious resource: Airmen. The fifth generation force structu

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