The instrument panel of a T-6B Texan II taken in-flight while the only other T-6B model in the Navy's inventory is visible in the background. Both are assigned to Training Wing Five (TW-5) and based at NAS Whiting Field, Fl. Photographed on 10 Dec. 2009. © 2009 Greg L. Davis, Aviation Photojournalist. www.focalplaneimagery.com

Textron Aviation Defense delivers 1,000th Beechcraft T-6 Texan II, global fleet surpasses 5M flight hour milestone

Textron Aviation Defense today announced the delivery of the 1,000th Beechcraft T-6C Texan II aircraft and the achievement of the 5 million flight hour milestone across the global T-6 fleet.

All Beechcraft T-6 Texan II aircraft are designed and manufactured at the company’s Wichita, Kansas facilities.

The instrument panel of a T-6B Texan II taken in-flight while the only other T-6B model in the Navy’s inventory is visible in the background. Both are assigned to Training Wing Five (TW-5) and based at NAS Whiting Field, Fl. Photographed on 10 Dec. 2009. © 2009 Greg L. Davis, Aviation Photojournalist. www.focalplaneimagery.com

It’s an honor to celebrate the 1,000th delivery of a truly legendary aircraft. The world’s most advanced global air forces and pilots trust us to deliver a great aircraft that enables them to make the world a better, more secure place. Our world-class workforce goes above and beyond to design, manufacture, deliver and support the world’s premier military flight trainer. It is an honor that partner nations continue to put their confidence in the Beechcraft T-6 Texan II as the gold standard in training capabilities.

Ron Draper, president and CEO of Textron Aviation

The 1,000th T-6 military flight trainer was delivered to the Colombian Air Force. The fleet of five T-6C Texan II trainers equip Air Combat Command No. 1 (CACOM-1) with its initial slate of Beechcraft T-6C Texan II advanced military training aircraft at the Capitan Germán Olano Moreno Air Base in Palanquero, Colombia.

The global fleet of Beechcraft T-6 Texan II Integrated Training Systems (ITS) encompasses five variants, which were manufactured on an active production line with an industry-leading Manufacturing Readiness Level (MRL) rating of 10.

Leading the fleet are the Joint Primary Aircraft Training System (JPATS) T-6A and T-6B aircraft — operated by the United States Air Force and the United States Navy, respectively.

  • The T-6C is an exportable military flight trainer.
  • The T-6C+ is an exportable armed variant of the T-6C.
  • The T-6D is operated by the United States Army.

Together, our team has crafted an integrated training system that is the world’s most advanced, most sought-after capability for producing pilots — in particular, 4th and 5th gen pilots. Our nation has relied on the T-6 for more than 20 years to train its flight students. Prior to that, the United States relied on the Beechcraft T-34 Turbo Mentor, the Beechcraft T-34 Mentor and the Cessna T-37 Tweet. That means that every pilot across the Department of Defense has learned to fly in a Beechcraft or Cessna aircraft for nearly 70 years.

Tom Hammoor, president & CEO of Textron Aviation Defense LLC

The fleet of 1,000 Beechcraft T-6 Texan II trainers empower global pilot capabilities across 13 nations and two North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) flight schools. Operators of the T-6 include the:

  • NATO Flight Training Program in Canada
  • Euro NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training Program (ENJJPT) at Sheppard AFB, Texas
  • U.S. Air Force Aviation Leadership Program
  • U.S. Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, Army and Coast Guard
  • Mexican Navy and Mexican Air Force
  • Hellenic Air Force
  • Argentine Air Force
  • Iraqi Air Force
  • Israeli Air Force
  • Royal Air Force
  • Royal Canadian Air Force
  • Royal Moroccan Air Force
  • Royal New Zealand Air Force
  • Colombian Air Force
  • Royal Thai Air Force
  • Tunisian Air Force

Additionally, the U.S. Air Force recently announced a 14th nation will acquire the T-6C via a Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program leveraging 2021 and 2022 Building Partnership Capacity funds.

Proven experience, affordability

Backed by more than 90 years of experience delivering more than 250,000 aircraft worldwide, the Beechcraft T-6 Texan II’s low acquisition, operating and sustainment costs enable global air forces to fast-track pilot production. With an installed base that more than quadruples its closest competitor, the family of Beechcraft T-6 Texan II aircraft has been the world’s number one Integrated Training System (ITS) for more than 20 years. The Beechcraft T-6 Texan II capitalizes on an active production line with an industry-leading Manufacturing Readiness Level (MRL) rating of 10 as well as a proven supply chain and the affordability of 85 percent parts commonality with the Beechcraft AT-6E Wolverine.

Source: Textron Aviation news release

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