U.S. Navy T-6 Texan II
The T-6 trains Navy and Marine Corps pilots and Naval Flight Officers. It is the first aircraft to train all pilots. The T-6B Texan II is an upgraded version of the T-6A Texan II. The T-6 completed its first flight in July 2009 and became operational in April 2010. The aircraft is used to train the students in one of four areas: strike, maritime, turboprop, or helicopter tracks. Naval Air Stations Whiting Field, Fla., Pensacola, Fla., and Corpus Christi, TX all operate the T6 for training purposes.
DID YOU KNOW?
- All pilots in the Navy or Marine Corps initially train in the T-6!
- The T-6 program is a joint program with the Air Force as both branches initially train their pilots in the T-6!
- The Navy’s total T-6B requirement is 252 aircraft.
- The aircraft is fully aerobatic and features a pressurized cockpit! The Hawkeye has been in service since 1964!
U.S. Navy T-6 Texan II FAST FACTS:
Manufacturer: Hawker Beechcraft
Engine: One Pratt & Whitney PT-6A-68 turboprop engine
Wingspan: 33.4 feet
Length: 33.3 feet
Height: 10.8 feet
Maximum Speed: 364 miles per hour
Range: 900 nautical miles
Ceiling: 31,000 feet
Maximum Takeoff Weight: 6,900 pounds
Crew: Two: Instructor pilot and student pilot
Unit Cost: $4.3 million