Ensign Aircraft's EA·12 trainer design was one of five competitors in the US Air Force nextation trainer (NGT), to replace US Air Force T-37 basic trainers, bidding. Ensign was the smallest company to submit a proposal for the Air Force requirement and is competing against designs submitted by Rock·well International, Cessna, Fairchild and GulfStream American.
EA-12, was a conventional design powered by a pair of Williams Research WR44 turbofans, but which should be built largely by robots, keeping initial production costs to a minimum.
EA-12 Technical Data
|Wing span||30.0 ft|
|Overall length||32.3 ft|
|Tail height||12.0 ft|
|Wing area||145 sq.ft|
|Empty weight||3,230 lb|
|Maximum gross weight||5,500 lb|
Initialy planned with two 1.500 lb. thrust Garrett TFE76 turbofan engines, the EA-12 project was then proposed with a pair of Williams Research WR44 turbofans.