The Fairchild T-46A (nicknamed the “Eaglet”) was an American light jet trainer aircraft in the 1980s. It was cancelled in 1986 with only three aircraft having been produced. The USAF launched its next generation trainer program to replace the Cessna T-37 Tweet primary trainer in 1981. Fairchild submitted a shoulder-winged monoplane with a twin-tail, powered by two Garrett F109 turbofans, and with pilot and instructor sitting side-by-side. The museum’s T-46A is the first one built.