YouTube - KAI T-50 Golden Eagle
U.S. Dollar Cost:
$30 million (2012)
43 ft. 1 in.
1- 20 mm
KAI T-50 Golden Eagle
The KAI T-50 Golden Eagle, produced by Korean Aerospace Industries, is an advanced series of supersonic trainers and light attack aircraft. It was developed in a joint venture with Lockheed Martin.
The aircraft is being marketed as the only advanced trainer that will allow students to graduate immediately into flying the most modern fifth generation fighter aircraft.
To accomplish its goals, the KAI T-50 Golden Eagle is able to achieve controlled flight in high alpha modes with low stall speeds. Its digitally enhanced controls give the same feed back experienced in today's jet fighters. The cockpit is fighter like with all glass avionics typical of modern jet fighters.
Instructors and pilots both enjoy a cockpit that permits excellent visibility. The instructor has the benefit of a raised seat to enhance his front view. Full controls are available front and rear. Both front and rear control sticks have electronic linking, so the instructor can experience the stick movements of his student. Instructors can even dial in control limits, gradually increasing travel as students acclimate to the aircraft. An on board computer records all flight information during training for later review.
The UAE, Israel, and Singapore evaluated the aircraft as trainers for their air forces, but decided on another design. Indonesia has 16 KAI T-50 Golden Eagle aircraft currently Deployed. Iraq has 24 of the aircraft deployed. The Philippines have 12 aircraft deployed, Thailand has 4 aircraft deployed with 8 on order and Iraq 24 aircraft deployed.
The Korean Air Force currently uses eight KAI T-50 Golden Eagle aircraft in their Black Eagles aerobatic team with an additional 82 aircraft deployed for training and light attack.
RC KAI T-50 Golden Eagle
The RC KAI T-50 Golden Eagle from Jivaro Model Plans wingspan is 27 in. It has a 33 in. length, with a weight of around 27 oz. A SF 2200-6-3000 motor drives a 65 mm SF fan unit.
The RC KAI T-50 Golden Eagle from Easy Tiger has a wingspan of 32 in. and a length of 41 in. It has an electric operating canopy, retractable landing gear, and a 70 mm EDF unit.