Greg Canfield, Commerce Secretary for the State of Alabama, recently toured the Leonardo aerospace corporation’s plant in Italy where advance fighter trainer aircraft are currently produced.
The U.S. Air Force may soon decide to replace its outdated fleet of T-38 trainer aircraft with T-100s, with a final decision expected in March.
A Leonardo executive stated that if the Air Force gives the go ahead, they would be ready to break ground on the new plant in Tuskegee in 2018 and begin production of the T-100 in 2022.
The T-38 is a supersonic trainer currently used to train future fighter pilots. To see what it can do, check out this cockpit footage:
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