The US Army has started operating four Beechcraft T-6D Texan II military training aircraft with the Joint Primary Aircraft Training Systems (JPATS) program at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama. The aircraft replace the Beechcraft T-34s in use there.
The T-6Ds will provide Operational Support Airlift, utility, training, chase, airspeed calibration support, cloud physics research, and stores component research and qualification for the US Army. The Delta version of the Texan is a blend of the B and C models. The T-6D has new standard avionics, including integrated mission computers, up-front control panels, multi-function displays and a Heads-Up Display. The Army T-6D aircraft have a hard point wing to allow carriage of up to six wing-mounted pylons and two external fuel tanks.
The T-6 is being used in 20 countries, with more than 850 aircraft delivered so far.
Featured image: One of four T-6D Texan IIs delivered to the US Army in June 2015 (Image © Beechcraft)