In 1978, McDonnell Douglas Aircraft Company and British Aerospace developed the T-45C Goshawk McD/Douglas, a carrier-suitable version of the British Aerospace Hawk. The first Hawk, which flew Aug. 21, 1974, was established as the Royal Air Force principal jet trainer and served the U.S. and European air forces.
The T-45C Goshawk McD/Douglas has been used for intermediate and advanced portions of the Navy/Marine Corps strike pilot training program with Training Air Wing ONE at Naval Air Station Meridian, Mississippi and Training Air Wing TWO at Naval Air Station Kingsville, Texas. The T-45C replaced the T-2C Buckeye trainer and the TA-4J Skyhawk II trainer with an integrated training system that includes the T-45Goshawk McD/Douglas Goshawk aircraft, operational and instrument flight simulators (OFT/IFT), academics, and training integration system support. Beginning in Fiscal Year 2008, the T-45C Goshawk McD/Douglas will also commence use in the advanced portion of Navy/Marine Corps Naval Flight Officer (NFO) training with Training Air Wing SIX at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida.
The T-45's A and C models are currently in operational use. The T-45A, which became operational in 1991, contains an analog cockpit design while the newer T-45C, which was first delivered in December 1997, features a new digital "glass cockpit" design. All T-45A aircraft will eventually be converted to a T-45C configuration under the T-45 Required Avionics Modernization Program (T-45 RAMP).
- 1/32 Scale Model
- 12 Inch Wingspan
- 14 Inch Length
- Material Mahogany Wood