T45 Fleet Complete at NAS

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The last T-45C aircraft made its way from the Boeing factory in St. Louis to McCain Field at NAS Meridian Wednesday.

"It's like buying a new car and delivering it here to the base," said Bradley Burgess, chief staff officer for Training Wing 1.

The wing received its first T-45C Goshawk in December of 1997 as they transitioned from the T-2 Buckeye to the newer more efficient T-45C.

"This rounds out the fleet. We have completed our entire fleet of T-45s and phased out the T-2s," said Capt. Daniel Ouimette, commander of Training Wing 1.

Burgess said the new aircraft with an all-electronic cockpit and digital presentation begins a new era in naval aviation training. It forms a complete training syllabus that takes a student naval aviator who has completed primary training to their "Wings of Gold".

This fiscal year, Training Wing 1 will graduate 159 aviators and is projected to graduate 139 in 2005 and 144 in 2006.