Gen. David Goldfein, chief of staff of the U.S. Air Force, conducted an inspection of the T-X trainer aircraft during his visit to Boeing’s production facility in St. Louis on Jan. 15, the Air Force reported Wednesday.
Goldfein shared his observations on the aircraft during the inspection, including his comments on the sight lines the plane offers.
“The visibility is exceptional. I can see what the student is doing, what displays he is calling up; which challenges she’s calling up,” he said.
“The level of instructional capacity is impressive,” Goldfein added.
He noted that the Air Force expects the aircraft to enter service in 2024 and achieve full operational capability a decade later.
Boeing won a potential $9.2B contract in September 2018 to build and deliver 351 T-X trainers, 46 simulators and related ground equipment to the service.
The company is scheduled to deliver the first aircraft and simulators to the Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph in Texas by 2023, according to the report.