Beechcraft T-6 Texan II Review, Top Speed, Unit Cost, Manufacturer – The Beechcraft-Raytheon T-6 Texan II is a single-seat turboprop aerobatic trainer still in use in several countries including the United States.
Beechcraft T-6 Texan II Review, Top Speed, Unit Cost, Manufacturer
|Type||Beechcraft / Raytheon T-6 Texan II|
|Unit Cost||$ 7.3 to $ 8.9 million|
|Year of Development||2001|
|Manufacturer||Beechcraft / Textron Aviation / Hawker Beechcraft/td>|
|Engine||The Pratt & Whitney Canada (PWC) PT6A-68 turboprop engine produces 1,100 horsepower and drives the four-bladed propeller unit in the nose|
|Top Speed||364 mph (585 km/h)|
MilitaryEzyInfo.com – The Beechcraft/Raytheon T-6 Texan II is a lightweight, high-performance turboprop trainer based on the Swiss Pilatus PC-9 series.
Development of the Beechcraft T-6 Texan II
The aircraft was created by the U.S. Department of Defense to enhance pilot training for the Air Force and Navy by phasing out the previous generation T-34 and T-37 aircraft in service at the time.
Starting in 1991, the Joint Primary Aircraft Training System (JPATS) was established to reduce the total cost of pilot training.
The T-6 Texan II was America’s most famous World War II aircraft, the T-6, which was adopted for its superior performance over the other six models. Exported overseas, the Texan II was also equipped with light attack ammunition.
The T-6 Texan II series primarily used the Pilatus PC-9 Mk II type, with the first prototype flying in December 1992. Deliveries followed in 2000, and the aircraft entered official service in 2001.
There are obvious similarities between the Swiss and American versions, but the T-6 Texan II has beefed up internals and a more powerful engine.
The Texan II had an increased maximum takeoff weight (MTOW) and ejection seats for two pilots, in keeping with the general militarization of aircraft converted from civilian aircraft.
The two flyers sat together under an integrated canopy that opened to the side. Typical student seats are located in the front and instructors in the rear, but the raised bubble canopy allows for good visibility from either seat.
Power, Speed, Range of the Beechcraft T-6 Texan II
It is powered by a Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-68 series turboprop engine with an output of 1,100 horsepower driving a Hartzell four-blade front propeller.
Speed reaches 365 mph, and cruising is typically 320 mph. It has a range of 1,035 miles and a service altitude of 31,000 feet. The aircraft is rated for 7.0g and -3.5g G-limits.
Where are these planes used?
Currently in operation outside the US are Canada (CF-156 Harvard II), Greece, Iraq, Israel, Morocco, Mexico, and New Zealand. The Canadian aircraft was initially named “Harvard” after the original U.S. T-6 trainer during World War II.
So far, the Iraqi Air Force has received about 36 AT-6B Texan II light attack variants, with the New Zealand model due for delivery in 2016. Mexico took delivery of the aircraft in 2012-2013 and is servicing the Air Force and Navy.
Current markings include the standard T-6A trainer, the T-6A NTA light attack version for the Hellenic Air Force, and an upgraded version of the T-6B with a glass cockpit and Hands-on Throttle-and-Stick (HOTAS).
The AT-6B light attack version, an upgraded version of the T-6C, and the Canadian CT-156 Harvard II largely follow the USAF/USMC model.