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Japan T-2 CCV testbed, JASDF/TRDI, Gifu AB 1989
General Background
The Mitsubishi T-2 is a two-engined two-seat jet trainer manufactured by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and was operated by the Japan Air Self Defense Force from 1975 – 2006. The flight instructor sat behind the student in a raised seat that allowed him to visually monitor the student’s actions. There was a windblast screen between them that created separate clamshell canopies for each person. T-2s were also used by a dedicated Aggressor Squadrons until they were replaced by F-15 Eagle.
The Aircraft
The Mitsubishi T-2 was chosen by the Technical Research and Development Institute (TRDI) of the Japan Defense Agency to test new technology. The aircraft selected was the third T-2 manufactured; serial 29-5103 c/n 003. It would be the test bed for the CCV (Control Configuration Vehicle) studies. Fixed canards were mounted on the intakes just in front of the wings with a movable canard under the fuselage. The objective was to study airflow to see if such a configuration could improve maneuverability.
Specifications :
First Flight: 20th July 1971
T-2A: Two-seat advanced jet trainer aircraft (59 delivered to the JASDF training squadron in 1975)
T-2B: Two-seat armed weapons training aircraft.
Total Production: 90
Presently out of production
Crew: 2
Power Plant: 2 x Turbofan Ishikawajima Harima TF-40-IHI-801A (Rolls-Royce/Turbomeca Ad each producing 32.5 kN 7306 lbf
Speed: 1,700 km/h (918 kts / 1,056 mph)
Service Ceiling: 15,200 m (49,869 ft)
Range: 2,589 km (1,398 nm / 1,609 mi)
Empty: 6,307 kg (13,905 lbs)
Maximum take-off: 12,900 kg (28,440 lbs)
Length: 17.86 m (58.6 ft)
Wingspan: 7.88 m (25.9 ft)
Height: 4.39 m (14.4 ft)