Lockheed Martin test pilot Mark Ward has become the first to fly the T-50A for 100 hours.
The company said Wednesday Mark Ward’s T-50A flight was part of the company’s contribution to the U.S. Air Force‘s Advanced Pilot Training competition.
Lockheed announced the T-50A’s APT participation in February 2016.
The test-flying began November 2016 at the Greenville site.
The aircraft was built at a final assembly and checkout facility at the same site.
The T-50A will be used to train F-22 Raptor, F-35 Lightning II and 4th Generation aircraft pilots.
The training aircraft is also accompanied by the T-50A Ground-Based Training System which employs a Live, Virtual, Constructive training feature to deliver an immersive, synchronized ground-based training platform.