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U.S. NAVY T-45 TRAINING SYSTEM STARTS AIRCRAFT CARRIER SUITABILITY TESTING

 U.S. NAVY T-45 TRAINING SYSTEM STARTS
 AIRCRAFT CARRIER SUITABILITY TESTING
 ST. LOUIS, Jan. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Navy T-45 Training System (T45TS) program marked another milestone with the start of aircraft carrier suitability testing last month. The sea trials were conducted aboard the USS John F. Kennedy in the Atlantic Ocean, off the coast of Jacksonville, Fla., beginning Dec. 4, 1991. Official Navy test results are pending.
 During the sea trials, the McDonnell Douglas T-45A Goshawk was required to demonstrate all aspects of carrier suitability. The tests included catapult and arresting gear use, deck handling and taxi characteristics, engine start-up and shut-down, towing and elevator operations and post-flight handling. The aircraft logged 33 catapult launches and 33 arrested landings, with a total of 12.1 hours during six flight periods.
 The T-45A used during sea trials is fitted with wing slats in a fixed extended position, representing the configuration of the production moveable slatted wing during takeoff and landing operations. Prior to sea trials, the test aircraft logged more than 500 flight hours in the T-45A flight test program, including approximately 100 hours in simulated, land-based carrier operations.
 Ground-based training elements of the T45TS are in place at the initial training site, Naval Air Station Kingsville, Texas. The ground-based elements include academic courseware and computer-aided instruction systems, operational and instrument flight trainers, contractor logistic support and a Training Integration System that manages and integrates the entire system.
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