T-6A Texan II Turboprop trainer
The T-6A Texan II is a tandem-seat, turboprop trainer whose mission is to train Navy and Marine Corps pilots and Naval Flight Officers.
The T-6A Texan II is one component of the Joint Primary Aircraft Training System (JPATS) along with simulators, computer-aided academics and a Training Integration Management System (TIMS). The joint program, of which the Air Force acts as the executive service, will replace Navy T-34C and Air Force T-37B aircraft. The program uses commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) subsystems to the maximum extent possible. The aircraft-built by Raytheon Aircraft Company is a derivative of the Swiss Pilatus PC-9 aircraft with a Pratt & Whitney PT-6A-68 engine, digital cockpit, Martin-Baker ejection seats, cockpit pressurization and an onboard oxygen-generating system. The Navy's total T-6 requirement is 43 aircraft.
The T-6A entered development flight test in July 1998. The Federal Aviation Administration approved type and production certification for the T-6A aircraft and production line July 30, 1999. A successful flight test program and a successful Milestone III full rate production decision followed in December 2001. Both the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy have since entered into a full rate production contract with Raytheon for aircraft. To date the U.S. Air Force has received approximately 100 aircraft and the U.S. Navy has received four aircraft. The system will be operational at 13 Air Force and Navy bases when fully fielded. The T-6A achieved initial operating capability (IOC) with the Air Force in 2001 at Moody Air Force Base, Georgia and the U.S. Navy's IOC was in 2003 at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida.
The Navy aircraft and ground-based training systems will be completely supported and maintained by commercial vendors with intermediate maintenance provided for selected systems at the operating site.
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|Primary Function: All-purpose jet trainer.|
|Contractor: Raytheon Aircraft Company.|
|Date Deployed: First flight, July 1998; Operational, Nov. 1, 2002.|
|Propulsion: One Pratt & Whitney Canada PT-6A-68 turboprop engine; 1,100 horsepower.|
|Length: 33.3 feet (10.12 meters).|
|Height: 10.8 feet (3.29 meters).|
|Wingspan: 33.4 feet (10.18 meters). |
|Weight: Empty, 5,000 pounds (2,268 kg.); maximum takeoff weight, 6,500 pounds (2,948.4 kg.).|
|Airspeed: 270 knots at 1,000 feet level flight.|
|Ceiling: 31,000 feet (9,448.8 meters).|
|Range: Maximum, 900 nautical miles (1,666.8 km).|
|Crew: Two (instructor pilot, student pilot). |
|Last Update: 29 September 2016|