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Jack E. Hammond
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The Fairchild T-46A - What Happened?
      07/26/09 01:09 AM

Folks,

In the late 1970s the USAF decided to develop and purchase a new trainer which would combine all of the T-37 part and most of the T-38 training regime. Unlike the T-37 it would have a much higher transit speed and even more important the altitude it would train the pilot at: 47,000 feet. And it a lot less fuel and hours per hour costs.

But then something happened. The USAF was never clear about why they canceled the only new trainer being developed in the US since before the Vietnam War. All other trainers were developed from over seas designs. Some say the T-46A was canceled to prove that the Reagan administration could cancel some weapons projects. And the T-46A was one of the only two "major" weapons canceled by the Reagan administration.

Below are two pages from a aviation publication in 1984 on the T-46A. I am probably wrong, but I think what ever the short comings or problems were they could have been worked out and given the USAF the trainer they needed for the next three to five decades. And in my opinion Fairchild was not the type of company that would design a dog.

Any opinions or comments appreciated. And when I find the info that Fairchild sent me, I will post it.

Jack E. Hammond


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* The Fairchild T-46A - What Happened? Jack E. Hammond 07/26/09 01:09 AM
. * * Re: The Fairchild T-46A - What Happened? J. Wiley   07/26/09 11:44 AM
. * * Re: The Fairchild T-46A - What Happened? Chris Fostel   08/05/14 03:52 PM
. * * Re: The Fairchild T-46A - What Happened? Geoff Sjostrom - Chicago   08/08/14 12:29 PM
. * * Re: The Fairchild T-46A - What Happened? Terry Carraway   08/09/14 06:54 AM
. * * Re: The Fairchild T-46A - What Happened? Ralph Jones   08/05/14 04:55 PM
. * * Re: The Fairchild T-46A - What Happened? Randy Sohn   08/05/14 06:44 PM
. * * Re: The Fairchild T-46A - What Happened? Tom Charlton   08/05/14 04:15 PM
. * * Re: The Fairchild T-46A - What Happened? Randy Sohn   08/05/14 06:53 PM
. * * Re: The Fairchild T-46A - What Happened? Jack E. Hammond   07/26/09 03:24 PM
. * * Re: The Fairchild T-46A - What Happened? J. Wiley   07/27/09 02:06 PM
. * * Re: The Fairchild T-46A - What Happened? Ralph Jones   07/27/09 02:34 PM
. * * Re: The Fairchild T-46A - What Happened? J. Wiley   07/27/09 04:31 PM
. * * Re: The Fairchild T-46A - What Happened? Mase Taylor   07/27/09 05:58 PM
. * * Re: The Fairchild T-46A - What Happened? J. Wiley   07/27/09 09:08 PM
. * * Re: The Fairchild T-46A - What Happened? Ray Tackett   07/28/09 05:34 AM
. * * Re: The Fairchild T-46A - What Happened? Randy Sohn   08/05/14 06:43 PM
. * * Re: The Fairchild T-46A - What Happened? J. Wiley   07/28/09 09:28 AM
. * * Re: The Fairchild T-46A - What Happened? Ralph Jones   07/28/09 09:41 AM
. * * Re: The Fairchild T-46A - What Happened? Randy Sohn   08/05/14 06:51 PM
. * * Re: The Fairchild T-46A - What Happened? Ralph Jones   08/05/14 07:23 PM
. * * Re: The Fairchild T-46A - What Happened? Randy Sohn   08/05/14 09:03 PM
. * * Re: The Fairchild T-46A - What Happened? Jack E. Hammond   07/27/09 09:39 PM
. * * Re: The Fairchild T-46A - What Happened? Ralph Jones   07/27/09 09:14 PM
. * * Re: The Fairchild T-46A - What Happened? rheisner   07/27/09 01:57 PM
. * * Re: The Fairchild T-46A - What Happened? Stephanie Belser   07/27/09 12:01 PM
. * * Re: The Fairchild T-46A - What Happened? J. Wiley   07/26/09 04:09 PM
. * * Re: The Fairchild T-46A - What Happened? Jack E. Hammond   07/27/09 09:43 PM
. * * Re: The Fairchild T-46A - What Happened? J. Wiley   07/28/09 09:20 AM

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