The U.S. Air Force officially designated the service’s new jet trainer the “T-7A Red Hawk.” American Plaque Company is proud to already make T-7A Red Hawk Tail Flash.
The name celebrates the pilots of the 332nd Fighter Group of World War II. Manned by African American pilots in a segregated U.S. military, the 332nd flew fighter planes with a distinctive red painted tail for identification purposes.
The jet is also named in honor of the Curtiss P-40 Warhawk fighter, flown by the African American 99th Fighter Squadron. The jet will replace the T-38 Talon in Air Force service.
The T-7A trainer, set to enter service in 2023, will better train future fighter pilots for flying fifth-generation fighters such as the F-22 and F-35 than the 1960s-era T-38 Talon it replaces. The T-7A will fly with red painted tails.