Jan 15, 2013
A ‘Hush Rush’ keeps the T-45 flying
The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division’s Propulsion and Power Test Methods and Facilities Division has a reputation for meeting challenges.
When a recent potential shortage of engines for the T-45A Goshawk trainer fleet threatened to impact the Navy’s ability to train its strike aviators, the team was called into action. The T-45 is used for intermediate and advanced portions of the Navy and Marine Corps pilot training program.
Safety problems with the Low Pressure Turbine blades in the F405 engine that powers the T-45 forced a redesign of the old blades, which ended production early last year. But the redesign created a new