Fri, Apr 09, 2010
Navy's Newest Trainer Will Be Based At NAS Whiting Field In
In a special ceremony Wednesday, Hawker Beechcraft Corporation
(HBC) celebrated the delivery of the 600th Beechcraft T-6. The U.S.
Navy took delivery of the milestone aircraft, a T-6B, which will be
based at Naval Air Station Whiting Field in Milton, FL. "We all
take pride in this milestone and this aircraft program," said Jim
Maslowski, president, U.S. and International Government Business.
"For more than 70 years, Hawker Beechcraft and its predecessor
companies have been meeting and exceeding mission needs for
militaries around the world. We look forward to continuing this
Deliveries of the T-6 began in 2000
after the aircraft was initially selected to fill the Joint Primary
Aircraft Training System role for the U.S. Air Force and the U.S.
Navy. Since then, additional military programs worldwide, including
NATO Flying Training in Canada, the Hellenic Air Force of Greece,
the Israeli Air Force, the Iraqi Air Force and the Royal Moroccan
Air Force, have chosen the T-6 and its derivatives as their primary
With a top speed of 316 knots, a +7.0G to -3.5G airframe and an
advanced digital cockpit, it is equally adept at teaching the most
advanced aerobatic maneuvers and simulated combat training tasks.
To date, the T-6 has been used to train pilots and navigators from
approximately 20 different countries.
In addition to the T-6, Hawker Beechcraft is rolling out a light
attack version of the aircraft, the AT-6, in order to meet rapidly
emerging needs for irregular warfare capabilities around the
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