U.S. Navy accepts final T-45C delivery
The last T-45C Goshawk was delivered to the U.S. Navy During a ceremony at the Boeing production facilities in St. Louis Oct. 20. The aircraft was the 221st T-45 training jet delivered by Boeing to the Navy.
More than 3,600 Navy and Marine Corps pilots have flown the Goshawk, as they trained to convert to the Hornet, Super Hornet, Growler, Prowler and Harrier. According to Shelley Lavender, vice president and general manager for Global Strike Systems, the Goshawk team has a remarkable legacy filled with significant milestones that include the 932,000 flight hours flown by thousands of Navy and Marine Corps aviators and flight officers, while earning their wings in the T-45.
The T-45 is the only jet training aircraft in the U.S. military's inventory that enables undergraduate pilots to land on and takeoff from an aircraft carrier. The T-45 will continue to serve the Navy through 2035.