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McDONNELL AIRCRAFT CO. ROLLS OUT FIRST U.S. NAVY T-45 GOSHAWK JET TRAINER BUILT IN ST. LOUIS

 McDONNELL AIRCRAFT CO. ROLLS OUT FIRST U.S. NAVY
 T-45 GOSHAWK JET TRAINER BUILT IN ST. LOUIS
 ST. LOUIS, Jan. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- McDonnell Aircraft Co. today rolled out the first U.S. Navy T-45A Goshawk jet trainer built in St. Louis.
 As the first production aircraft to incorporate a number of key improvements, the aircraft represents a significant milestone for the T-45 Training System (T45TS) program. Following a short test period at the Naval Air Test Center in Patuxent River, Md., the aircraft will be delivered to Naval Air Station Kingsville, Texas, where the other elements of the T45TS are already in place.
 "It is with great pride in the team that we offer this aircraft to the U.S. Navy as the first of what we are confident will be a fleet of superb airplanes to train our pilots well into the 21st century," said Robert H. Soucy Jr., McDonnell Aircraft T45TS vice president and general manager, at the rollout ceremony.
 "The T-45A Goshawk is now going to be the challenge that every Navy student in the strike pipeline must meet before he can wear the Navy wings of gold," said Capt. Richard E. Koehler, Navy program manager for the T45TS, after accepting the aircraft. "The Goshawk is truly representative of the highly sophisticated aircraft present in the fleet today ... and, when coupled with its ground training system, will produce pilots second to none."
 Navy representatives attending the rollout ceremony included Undersecretary of the Navy J. Daniel Howard, Chief of Naval Education and Training Vice Adm. John Fetterman and Commander of Naval Air Systems Command Vice Adm. William Bowes. Also on hand were members of the British Parliament and Embassy. Major portions of the T-45A, a derivative of the British Aerospace Hawk, are manufactured in Great Britain.
 The T45TS is the Navy's first totally integrated training system, combining computer-based academics, simulators, trainer aircraft, a Training Integration System and contractor logistic support. Training of the initial cadre of instructor pilots is currently under way at Kingsville, with the first student class set to begin in January 1993.
 Current Navy requirements call for 268 aircraft, to be based at NAS Kingsville and at Naval Air Station Meridian, Miss. The T45TS system also includes 24 simulators, 34 computer-based instructional systems, three Training Integration Systems and 200 associated computer terminals at the two training bases.
 The T-45A rolled out today is a substantially strengthened aircraft designed to withstand the rigors of undergraduate naval flight training. Following initial developmental testing/operational testing of the aircraft in 1988, the Navy had identified key areas which required improvement. Those changes, incorporated into the aircraft rolled out today, were developed and tested over the past three years. They include a moveable slatted wing to improve stall performance, a more powerful engine, and improvements to the speed brake, longitudinal control and lateral/directional stability systems.
 The company completed testing of the improvements in late 1990 and the Navy validated the changes in early 1991. By December 1991, the T-45 underwent initial carrier suitability testing aboard the USS Kennedy. A Navy operational evaluation is set to begin in the fall of 1992.
 The T45TS program is currently staffed by approximately 1,400 McDonnell Douglas (NYSE: MD) employees. Production rates stand at 12 per year, with a capacity for 48 aircraft per year. To date, the Navy has funded 36 production aircraft in addition to two development aircraft.
 McDonnell Douglas is prime contractor for the T45TS. British Aerospace serves as principal subcontractor for airframes. Rolls-Royce supplies the Adour 871 engine and Hughes Training provides the simulator.
 Initially, the T-45A was built at Douglas Aircraft Co. in California. The program was transferred to McDonnell Aircraft in St. Louis during 1990 as part of a corporate-wide effort to consolidate large-airframe transport business at Douglas Aircraft and small-airframe tactical and training aircraft at McDonnell Aircraft. The first four T-45A aircraft delivered to the Navy through 1990 were built at Douglas Aircraft.
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