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Beechcraft delivers its 800th T-6 military trainer

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Thursday, March 7, 2013, at 3:59 p.m.
  • Updated Wednesday, August 21, 2013, at 5:45 p.m.

Beechcraft has delivered its 800th T-6 military trainer, the company announced Thursday.

It was among two T-6Bs delivered this week to the Navy’s Training Air Wing 4 based at the Naval Air Station in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Training Air Wing 4 has now received 16 of 98 T-6B trainers it’s scheduled to receive for use in primary flight training.

The turboprops replace the Navy’s aged fleet of T-34 aircraft.

With the T-6, the Navy will be able to train aviators in Corpus Christi more efficiently, more effectively and more safely, Russ Bartlett, president of Beechcraft Defense Co., said in a statement. “Reaching the 800-aircraft milestone proves the versatility and durability of the Beechcraft T-6 trainer program worldwide.”

The planes have accumulated more than 2 million flight hours.

T-6 deliveries began in 2000 after the trainer was selected under the Joint Primary Aircraft Training System, which supplied the planes to the Air Force and the Navy.

The trainer also is used by NATO Flying Training in Canada, the Hellenic Air Force of Greece, the Israeli Air Force, the Iraqi Air Force, the Royal Moroccan Air Force and the Mexican Air Force.

Beechcraft will fulfill the deliveries to the Navy under the JPATS contract in 2015.

The T-6 has trained pilots, navigators and weapons systems operators from more than 25 countries, Beechcraft said in a statement.

Beechcraft also has developed a derivative of the T-6 trainer, a light attack military version called the AT-6.

Last week, the company lost an Air Force light air support contract for the AT-6 to Sierra Nevada Corp. and Embraer.

Reach Molly McMillin at 316-269-6708 or mmcmillin@wichitaeagle.com.

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