Missouri S&T student gets first look at new Boeing aircraft

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A Missouri S&T student recently became one of the first members of the public to get an inside look at the cockpit of a new Boeing aircraft and to test its advanced training system.
Katie Frogge of Lee’s Summit, Missouri, a sophomore majoring in aerospace engineering at Missouri S&T, was one of five students from universities and high schools in the St. Louis area to recently visit Boeing’s St. Louis location to experience the company’s T-X aircraft and pilot training system. The training system was designed specifically for the U.S. Air Force with future generations in mind, according to a Boeing news release, and the T-X cockpit features a simple layout, better visibility, stadium seating, an upfront controller display and a large area touchscreen display.
“I’ve flown before in a smaller plane, and it was nothing like this,” Frogge says. “The cockpit was totally different, and I had a lot of trouble trying to figure out what everything did. Here it was just way more intuitive. I could just poke the screen and go where I wanted to go or zoom in on the map. … It just made a lot of sense.”
Katie Frogge tests the digital touch screen in the T-X Classroom at Boeing’s St. Louis facility. Boeing photo.
During the Jan. 24 visit to Boeing, Frogge and her fellow students also toured a classroom, which features desktop trainers and interactive displays, and flew what Boeing calls “the real-as-it-gets” ground-base training simulator while guided by a former T-38 pilot instructor. They then had the opportunity to climb into one of the jets with Boeing T-X chief test pilot Steven “Bull” Schmidt.
The Boeing T-X advanced pilot training system includes trainer aircraft, ground-based training and support.
“It was so incredible to be one of the first people to experience the T-X firsthand,” Frogge …

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