Boeing T-7A Completes Its First Inverted Flight Test

Watch out acrophobes, Boeing T-7A is going upside down!
Deniz Yildiran

Owning six commercial airplane families and a business jet range, the company has tested its recent Red Hawk, Boeing T-7A Advanced Trainer in its first inverted flight.

The jet completed the test successfully by Boeing Test & Evaluation pilots Matt Giese and William Berryman through bumpy maneuvers in the air. Developed for the U.S. Air Force, the testing process of the Red Hawk was to check if the jet's fuel system was compatible with all angles. 

Flying your head down

“What we do is roll the airplane upside down,” implied Chief pilot of Boeing Tactical Aircraft, Dan Draeger. “We need to make sure that things like fuel, oil, and everything else feeds properly to the airplane during all maneuvers.”

While the experienced pilots were performing acrobatics up in the air, test engineers on the ground in telemetry room watched for all the systems on T-7A and approved of the aircrew inverting swiftly. 

T-7A Red Hawk developed for U.S. Airforce flying inverted during testing.
Source: Boeing


For acrophobes with additional vertigo, Giese explained his thoughts as 'a little uncomfortable.' "You're kind of hanging in your seat straps inside the cockpit.” 

William Berryman added "It went perfectly as scripted. It was flawless." 

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Setting up their goal as going fast and upside down, the aircrew showed success in proving the fuel system of T-7A is effectual and dependable.

Long way to go

Back in February this year, Boeing T-7A trainer crew had to restart the jet's engine during a flight. Flying the jet for 48 seconds before starting the engine again, they landed back at the company's facility in St. Louis.

Starting the whole process in 2018, the trainer is expected to be delivered to U.S. Airforce in 2023.   

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