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$25 million (2009)
GE F404
17,700 lbs.
43 ft. 1 in.
31 ft.
14,285 lbs.
27,300 lbs.
1- 20 mm
8,250 lbs.
1,020 mph
39,000 fpm
48,000 feet
1,150 miles

KAI T-50 Golden Eagle
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 aircraft currently Deployed.   The Philippines have ordered 12 aircraft and Iraq 24 aircraft.

The Korean Air Force currently uses eight KAI T-50 Golden Eagle aircraft in the Black Eagles aerobatic team with an additional 76 aircraft deployed for training and light attack.

Some 124 KAI T-50 Golden Eagle aircraft of all types have been produced.

KAI T-50 Golden Eagle
KAI T-50 Golden Eagle - Jivaro

Pictured above is the KAI T-50 Golden Eagle EDF built from Jivaro Model Plans. Its wingspan, is 27" and it has a 33" length, with a weight of 27 oz. A SF 2200-6-3000 motor drives a 65 mm SF fan unit.

The first picture below is the KAI T-50 Golden Eagle ARF for sale by Easy Tiger. Its wingspan is 32" and length is 41". The foamy features an electric operating canopy, retractable landing gears, and a 70 mm EDF unit.

The next picture is of Jet Captain's scratch built KAI T-50 Golden Eagle foamy. You can find the build thread for the 24" wingspan or 36" wingspan models at RC Groups. The airplane is powered by a TP 21 motor driving an 8 x 4 prop and weighs about 1 lb. 4 oz.

Pictured last is Jivaro holding his profile KAI T-50 Golden Eagle. Wingspan is 18" and length is 22". A Champion 1230 motor is used with a 3 x 2 pusher prop.

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KAI T-50 Golden Eagle
KAI T-50 Golden Eagle - Easy Tiger

KAI T-50 Golden Eagle
KAI T-50 Golden Eagle - Jet Captain

KAI T-50 Golden Eagle
KAI T-50 Golden Eagle - Jivaro