Wed, Mar 10, 2010
Aircraft Will Be Based At NAS Whiting Field In Florida
Hawker Beechcraft Corporation (HBC) this week announced the
delivery of the 500th Beechcraft T-6 military trainer to the United
States Government. The milestone aircraft, a T-6B, went to the U.S.
Navy and will be based at Naval Air Station Whiting Field in
Milton, FL. Deliveries began in 2000 after the aircraft was
initially selected to fill the Joint Primary Aircraft Training
System role for the U.S. Air Force (USAF) and the U.S. Navy
(USN) in 1996.
(L-R) Lt. Brian Beatty, USN; Marvin
Abbott, HBC; Jim Maslowski, HBC; Lt. Cmdr. Scott Pritchard, United
USN; Matt Martin,HBC; Lt. Cmdr. Dave Persky, USN; Maj. Tim
"The T-6 and its derivatives are now in service around the
world," said Jim Maslowski, president, U.S. and International
Government Business. "It has met and surpassed the performance and
durability requirements set in the original procurement and has
shown it will continue to be an exceptional training platform for
many years to come."
The T-6 offers military organizations worldwide the most proven and
most cost-effective training system available today. As a primary
trainer aircraft it accommodates instruction in instrument flight
procedures and basic aerial maneuvers. To date, it has been used to
train pilots in approximately 20 different countries.
Hawker Beechcraft has a rich heritage
of meeting military mission needs and has been delivering aircraft
certified to military specifications for more than 50 years. Today,
100 percent of USAF student pilots and 100 percent of USN student
pilots train in aircraft made by Hawker Beechcraft. In addition to
the T-6, Hawker Beechcraft is rolling out a light attack version of
the aircraft, the AT-6. With one prototype flying and a second
prototype planned to enter flight test in 2010, the integration and
flight test efforts are proceeding on parallel paths in order to
meet rapidly emerging needs for irregular warfare capabilities
around the world.
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