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Lockheed Martin Test Pilot Reaches 100 Hours in the T-50A

Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company // Nov. 8, 2017

Lockheed Martin test pilot Mark "Red" Ward reached a new milestone by becoming the first pilot to reach 100 flight hours in the the T-50A, the company's offering for the U.S. Air Force's Advanced Pilot Training (APT) competition.


Lockheed Martin’s T-50A hits new milestone in race to USAF training contract

Military Simulation & Training Magazine // Oct. 6, 2017

The T-50A Aircraft from Lockheed Martin, a trainer plane, has flown its 100th sortie this month at the Greenville, South Carolina facility. A milestone in the pursuit of the T-X contracts from the U.S. government to replace the Air Force fleet of training aircrafts.


Lockheed Martin T-50A reaches 100 flights in South Carolina

Aerotech News // Oct. 4, 2017 

Lockheed Martin achieved a new milestone this week as the T-50A aircraft flew its 100th sortie at the Greenville, S.C. facility.

This flight continues to demonstrate the company’s low-risk, Ready Now approach to the Advanced Pilot Training (APT) competition.


Video: AFA 2017: T-50A Simulator

Military.com // Sept. 20, 2017

Lockheed Martin shows off their T-50A simulator.


Video: Industry's take on T-X: Lockheed on the advantage of foreign partnership

DefenseNews // Sept. 20, 2017

Lockheed Martin's Michael Griswold, director of T-50 business development, says the company is ready to go on Day One if selected for the U.S. Air Force's T-X trainer program.


Griswold: Lockheed Martin ‘Ready for Day 1 Execution’ if T-50 Wins USAF T-X Competition

Defense and Aerospace Report // Sept. 19, 2017

Mike Griswold, capture lead for Lockheed Martin’s T-50 program, discusses the advantages of the Lockheed Martin/KAI T-50 aircraft-training system combo — the company’s entry into the US Air Force’s T-X Trainer competition — and says it’s ready to immediately start production on it if it wins during a Sept. 19, 2017, interview at the Air Force Association’s 2017 Air, Space & Cyber conference and trade show in National Harbor, Md.


Lockheed Martin T-X Would Absorb Half of F-16 Training

Air Force Magazine // John A. Tirpak // Sept. 18, 2017

​The training syllabus for the Lockheed Martin/Korean Aerospace Industries T-50A is so common to that of the F-16 that Air Combat Command could offload 50 percent of tasks taught on the F-16 to the T-50A, Lockheed Martin consultant retired Gen. Don Cook said Monday in promoting the jet. 


T-50A makes first public demo at Vectren Dayton Air Show

WXIX-TV (Cincinnati) // Kriss Nuss // June 27, 2017

“Regular pilots will never do what test pilots do to a plane,” Mark “Red” Ward confided while at the Dayton Air Show.  “It’s all about safety for the next guy. We go over every position of the plane- it’s engineering versus pilot. We analyze and go forward, using our pilot skills to test the engineers.”


Air Force Thunderbirds, Jet Trainer Set for Ohio Air Show

Associated Press // June 23, 2017

The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds and Lockheed Martin's newest jet trainer will be featured at annual air show this weekend in southwestern Ohio. Organizers of the Vectren Dayton Air Show say Lockheed Martin's new T-50A aircraft will be featured at the event Saturday and Sunday at Dayton International Airport.


Defense Companies Compete for $16 Billion Contract

CNBC // Morgan Brennan // April 20, 2017

President Donald Trump has repeatedly pledged to rebuild the military, while simultaneously lamenting weapons' costs.

Given budget impasses on Capitol Hill, his big spending plans have been met with a healthy dose of skepticism. But to better understand how America's armed forces could truly undergo a "great rebuilding" as costs come down, look no further than the U.S. Air Force's Advanced Pilot Training competition, known as the T-X Trainer.


CNBC Test Flies Lockheed Martin's T-50A Trainer Jet

CNBC // Morgan Brennan //April 19, 2017

CNBC tries out Lockheed Martin’s T-50A trainer jet ahead of a $16 billion competition to decide who will produce the U.S. Air Force's next-generation trainer planes.

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Lockheed Martin Submits Bid for Air Force T-X Competition

Upstate Business Journal // Andrew Moore // April 10, 2017

After months of development and testing, Lockheed Martin has submitted its aircraft design for the United States Air Force’s Advanced Pilot Training competition – a bid that could possibly create 200 jobs for Greenville.

“The T-50A uniquely balances maturity with fifth-generation adaptability, which will deliver ahead of schedule and on-cost. Simply put, we are ready now,” said Orlando Carvalho, executive vice president of Lockheed Martin Aeronautics.


Lindsey Graham Urges Trump to Buy Lockheed Martin Trainer Jets for Air Force

Greenville Online // Maayan Schechter // April 10, 2017

U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham urged President Donald Trump on Monday to choose defense contractor Lockheed Martin to build the next training fighter jet for the U.S. Air Force as part of a pitch to secure the contract.

In front of Lockheed executives and elected officials, Graham called it a "good deal" for the U.S. and taxpayers.


Lockheed Pops Reporter Into T-50 Cockpit

Flight Global // Leigh Giangreco // Feb. 21, 2017

There was no turning back from my maiden trainer voyage aboard a Lockheed Martin T-50A once the glass canopy closed down above my head. As we slowly taxied down the runway, I mentally prepared myself for the moment I would flatten into my seat upon takeoff. But the afterburner helped lift the T-50 off at 124 knots in 1200 feet for such a smooth departure that I would be disappointed with my commercial flight back home later that evening.


Lockheed Martin Now Flying Two Military Jets Over Greenville

Upstate Business Journal // Rudolph Bell // Feb. 21, 2017

Lockheed Martin Corp. is now flying two T50A military jets from its complex in southern Greenville County as it continues a campaign to supply 350 of the supersonic aircraft to the U.S. Air Force for training fighter pilots.

The Bethesda, Md.-based defense contractor said it began flying a second T50A from its facility at the South Carolina Technology and Aviation Center on Feb. 20. The first took to the skies over SCTAC’s Donaldson Field on Nov. 19.


Second Lockheed Martin T-50A Takes Flight in Greenville

Aviation Tribune // Feb. 20, 2017

Two Lockheed Martin T-50A aircraft are now soaring together in the skies over Greenville, South Carolina. The inaugural Feb. 20 flight of the second production-ready T-50A from Lockheed Martin’s Advanced Pilot Training (APT) operations center in Greenville further demonstrates the company’s established, lowest-risk offering in the U.S. Air Force’s T-X competition.


Military Jet Flying Over Greenville as Lockheed Pushes to Win Air Force Contract

Upstate Business Journal // Rudolph Bell // Dec. 12, 2016

The military jet that Lockheed Martin Corp. hopes to assemble in Greenville County for the U.S. Air Force has begun flying over local skies. The defense contractor first flew the T50A trainer at its complex in southern Greenville County on Nov. 19, and showed it off to reporters on Dec. 8.


Lockheed Builds Its Case for Air Force Training Jet Contract

GreenvilleOnline.com // Nathaniel Cary // Dec. 9, 2016

Defense contractor Lockheed Martin is positioning itself as the low-cost, low-risk bidder in an all-out competition between four companies in a year-long battle to win a contract to build a new training jet for the U.S. Air Force.

Winning the contract would mean $8 billion to $10 billion in business for Lockheed Martin, and it would add 180-200 new competitive-wage jobs at the contractor’s Greenville facility over the next 16 years, said Don Erickson, Lockheed’s Greenville operations site director.


Lockheed Showcases T-X Readiness in Greenville

Flight Global // Stephen Trimble // Dec. 8, 2016

A newly-converted factory in Greenville, South Carolina, was opened for to the press for the first time to give journalists a tour of the company’s proposed final assembly line, suite of ground-based training system demonstrators and even a brief flying display of the first of two Lockheed/KAI F/A-50s to arrive in the USA for a risk-reduction activity.


Lockheed Martin Officials Talk T-50A Production

GSA Business // Matthew Clark // Dec. 8, 2016

Lockheed Martin officials said they are nearly ready to start final assembly and checkout of its T-50A fighter trainer aircraft.

The T-50A will be the company’s entrant into the U.S. Air Force’s Advanced Pilot Training competition — requests for proposal from the Air Force are expected by the end of the year. Winning the competition could mean 180-200 new jobs at the Greenville operations facility at the S.C. Technology and Aviation Center.


Lockheed Martin Begins T-50A Flight Ops in Greenville

Combat Aircraft // Nov. 22, 2016

Lockheed Martin has commenced flight operations of its T-50A at its Greenville, South Carolina, T-50A final assembly and check out (FACO) facility. TX-2 was shipped from South Korea and returned to flight status in mid-November, and TX-1 is expected to follow upon completion of its supersonic trials, in order to be flying from Greenville in early February.


Lockheed Martin Tests T-50A Over Greenville

GSA Business Report // Matthew Clark // Nov. 22, 2016

The entrant into a Air Force competition to be the next training jet for fighter pilots has made its first flight over Greenville. Lockheed Martin completed the first flight operations of the T-50A on Saturday.

“Flight operations are in full swing at the Greenville facility,” said Rob Fuller, communications senior manager for Lockheed Martin in Marietta, Ga.


Lockheed’s Pitch: Buy Our Training Jet, Save Taxpayers $1 Billion

Defense One // Marcus Weisgerber // Oct. 20,2016

Lockheed Martin could build new training jets for the U.S. Air Force more quickly than its competitors — enough to save $1 billion over six years, a top company executive said. And the service ought to take that into account as it evaluates bids for the $15 billion T-X project, he said.


Lockheed Pitches T-50A as 'Low Risk' Option for Air Force T-X Program

National Defense // Vivienne Machi // Sept. 19,2016

Lockheed Martin executives are making the case that the T-50A aircraft, produced with Korea Aerospace Industries, is the U.S. Air Force’s safest bet to replace its aging jet trainers.


Up Close With the Jet That Could Train Tomorrow's F-35 Pilots

Popular Mechanics // Kyle Mizokami // Sept. 12, 2016

Lockheed Martin has just released a new video detailing its proposed jet trainer, the T-50A. Meant to modernize the Air Force's flight training programs, the T-X program will replace the 1960s-era T-38 Talon with a fleet of modern jets better capable of preparing pilots for their assignments flying the most advanced planes in the world.


T-X Competition Pits Established Aircraft Against New Designs

National Defense // Stew Magnuson // Sept. 2016

After years of waiting for the Air Force to move forward with a program to build a new end-to-end jet fighter training system, four teams have come forward to compete for the potentially lucrative contract.

Two of those teams have training aircraft being sold internationally that they say fit all the Air Force requirements. Raytheon and its partner Alenia Aermacchi, part of the Leonardo group of companies, are offering the T-100, which is based on the Italian manufacturer’s M-346.


Lockheed Martin Unveils Pilot Training Facility for T-50A Trainer Aircraft

GovConWire // Anna Forrester // Aug. 18, 2016

Lockheed Martin  has opened a pilot training facility for the T-50A trainer aircraft in South Carolina as it eyes the U.S. Air Force‘s T-X trainer replacement contract, ExecutiveBiz reported Wednesday.

The company said Tuesday the facility will house tooling and manufacturing equipment for the T-50A’s final assembly as well as the Ground-Based Training System.


Fort Worth Stands to Benefit from Potential Lockheed Martin Contract

Fort Worth Business Journal // A. Lee Graham //Aug. 18,2016

Lockheed Martin Corp.’s economic impact on Fort Worth could soar even higher if the Maryland-based firm secures a federal contract to provide trainer aircraft for the U.S. Air Force, according to company officials.

“Some of the work is going to be done right here in Fort Worth, Texas,” said Orlando Carvalho, executive vice president of Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, the Maryland company’s Fort Worth-based aeronautics division.


Lockheed Martin, Korea Aerospace Industries complete T-50A test flight

UPI // Geoff Ziezulewicz // July 26, 2016

Lockheed Martin and Korea Aerospace Industries have successfully completed the initial test flight of the second T-50A trainer aircraft, Lockheed announced Tuesday.

The tests for the aircraft, which is being offered in the U.S. Air Force's Advanced Pilot Training competition, took place in South Korea, Lockheed said in a statement.


Lockheed Reasserts Trainer Aircraft Replacement Model as 'Excellent Offering' Ahead of 2017 Competition

Washington Business Journal // James Bach // July 21, 2016

Lockheed Martin Corp. CEO Marillyn Hewson is standing firmly behind the company’s entrant into the U.S. Air Force’s future aircraft trainer replacement program, calling it an “excellent offering” on a second-quarter earnings call with analysts on Tuesday.


Lockheed CEO: “No Regrets” On Sikorsky, Confident On T-X

Aviation Week // Joe Anselmo // July 11, 2016

Hewson also expressed confidence that Lockheed’s upgraded T-50A trainer, which recently made it first flight, will be a strong competitor in a crowded competition for an upcoming U.S. Air Force contract to replace its aging T-38 trainers. Teams led by Boeing, Northrop Grumman and Raytheon are also expected to bid.


This Is Lockheed's Training Plane Built With F-16 DNA

Popular Mechanics // Eric Tegler // June 21, 2016

U.S. Air Force pilots fly the most advanced aircraft in the world. But they learn to fly on some seriously old planes.

Northrop's T-38 advanced jet trainer entered service in 1961. More than five decades later, the Air Force still operates about 400 that have been updated with heads-up (HUD) displays, GPS, and modern navigation systems. But the T-38 can't fly forever. Even now, it is no longer a practical trainer to prepare pilots for aircraft like the F-22 and F-35. According to the Air Force, 12 of 18 advanced pilot training tasks can't be completed with the T-38.


Will Lockheed's T-50A Train America's Future F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Pilots?

The National Interest // June 12, 2016

Lockheed Martin is offering its T-50A jet trainer—which was co-developed with South Korea—for the U.S. Air Force’s T-X Advanced Pilot Training program. In preparation for the forthcoming contest, the first of two T-50A prototypes made its first flight on June 2, 2016, in Sacheon, South Korea, with company test pilot Mark Ward at the controls.


Air Force top guns need top-drawer tech

CNN // June 9, 2016

The Air Force has been flying fifth generation advanced fighter jets for 11 years now, but believe it or not, it's still training pilots for planes like the F-35 and F-22 with aircraft designed more than a half century ago.

Plans are in the works to build a new advanced fighter jet trainer, and this month, Lockheed Martin flew its candidate for the first time.


Ready for takeoff

Upstate Business Journal // June 9, 2016

Lockheed Martin’s T-50A jet trainer completed its initial flight test in Sacheon, South Korea, on June 2, signaling the aerospace company’s readiness to compete in the U.S. Air Force Advanced Pilot Training competition.


Lockheed T-50A Flies, U.S. Assembly Plans Progress

Defense News // June 2, 2016

Lockheed Martin is standing up its final assembly and support facility for the T-50A advanced trainer in Greenville, South Carolina, as the aircraft enters flight testing in South Korea ahead of the U.S. Air Force’s T-X competition, expected to get underway late this year or early ...


Lockheed's T-50A Lifts Off for First Time Ahead of T-X Competition

Defense News // June 2, 2016

Lockheed Martin's upgraded T-50A jet trainer successfully completed its first flight test, a key milestone for the aircraft Lockheed is offering for the Air Force's next-generation trainer fleet.

The flight took place in Sacheon, South Korea, as the T-50A is currently manufactured there jointly by Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) and Lockheed Martin.


Lockheed flies first T-50A in hunt for USAF trainer bid

Flight Global // June 2, 2016

Lockheed Martin staged the first flight of an updated version of the T-50 trainer co-developed with Korean Aerospace Industries to compete for the US Air Force T-X contract on 2 June in Sacheon, South Korea, the company says.

The single-engined, two-seat trainer was modified for the T-X competition with a spine-mounted receptacle that is compatible with an USAF aerial refueling boom, glass cockpit displays, embedded training software and an open architecture mission system.


Lockheed Martin picks Greenville for T-50 FACO site

GSA Business // Feb. 11, 2016

The final assembly and checkout (FACO) of a joint venture between Lockheed Martin Corp. and Korea Aerospace Industries will be performed in Greenville.

Maryland-based Lockheed Martin announced the Greenville Operations facility located at the S.C. Technology and Aviation Center will handle the final assembly for the T-50A aircraft the company is offering in the U.S. Air Force’s Advanced Pilot Training (APT) competition.


Lockheed offers T-50A for U.S. Air Force training program

UPI // Feb. 11, 2016

Lockheed Martin is offering its T-50A training aircraft for use in the U.S. Air Force's Advanced Pilot Training competition.

The T-50A was jointly developed by Lockheed Martin and Korea Aerospace Industries as a way to bridge the gap between fourth and fifth generation aircraft training. The plane is designed to have fighter-like flight capabilities, similar to the F-16, F-22 and F-35.


Lockheed Martin Nixes Clean-Sheet T-X Design, Will Offer T-50A

Defense News // Feb. 11, 2016

Lockheed Martin has decided not to offer a clean-sheet design for the US Air Force’s T-X program, instead moving forward with the original plan to offer the T-50A to replace the service's aging T-38 trainer fleet.


Lockheed to offer T-50A in race for Air Force contract

Reuters // Feb. 11, 2016

Lockheed Martin Corp on Thursday said it would offer a modified version of its T-50 training jet developed jointly with Korea Aerospace Industries Ltd, instead of a newly designed plane, in the upcoming U.S. Air Force competition to build 350 new training planes.

The U.S. Air Force aims to launch the competition in 2017 to replace its ageing fleet of T-38 planes, which are nearly 50 years old, and analysts have said it could eventually buy up to 600 planes.