Beechcraft T-6 Texan II (Image © Beechcraft)

Mexican Texans are the Air Force birthday chicks

Beechcraft T-6 Texan II (Image © Beechcraft)
Beechcraft T-6 Texan II (Image © Beechcraft)

The Mexican Air Force is presenting its six new Hawker Beechcraft T-6C+ Texan IIs during its 99th birthday on 10 February 2014.

The new Texans are the follow-up of another six that were delivered in 2012 to the Escuela Militar de Aplicacion Aerotactica de la Fuerza Aerea (Air Force Military School of Aerotactic Applications) at Santa Gertrudis Airbase (BAM #11), where the T-6C+ will grow to 10. Two others will join the Escuadron Avanzado (Advanced Squadron) of the Colegio del Aire (Air College) at Zapopan Airbase (BAM #5). The squadron currently flies the aging Pilatus PC-7, which the new Texans are going to replace.

The T-6C+ features hard-point wings, a Heads-Up Display, Up-Front Control Panel, an integrated glass cockpit and an advanced Esterline CMC Cockpit 4000 avionics suite. The systems are integrated with a Hands-On Throttle and Stick (HOTAS), providing the student pilot and instructor with a relatively simple interface to the digital cockpit.

T-6s fly in military service in 2000, first with the US Air Force and US Navy. Since then the Hellenic Air Force, the Israel Air and Space Force, the Iraqi Air Force, the Royal Moroccan Air Force and the NATO Flying Training unit in Canada have adopted the aircraft. Recently the New Zealand Air Force ordered 11 Beechcraft T-6s.

Source: Beechcraft / FAM

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