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Beechcraft T-6 Texan II

The Beechcraft T-6 Texan II is a single-engine turboprop aircraft built by the Raytheon Aircraft Company (Textron Aviation since 2014).

A trainer aircraft based on the Pilatus PC-9, the T-6 has replaced the United States Air Force’s Cessna T-37B Tweet and the United States Navy’s T-34C Turbo Mentor.

The T-6A is used by the United States Air Force for basic pilot training and Combat Systems Officer (CSO) training, the United States Navy and United States Marine Corps for primary Naval Aviator training and primary and intermediate Naval Flight Officer (NFO) training, and by the Royal Canadian Air Force, Greek Air Force, Israeli Air Force, and Iraqi Air Force for basic flight training.

The T-6B is the primary trainer for U.S. student naval aviators (SNAs).

The T-6C is used for training by the Mexican Air Force, Royal Air Force, Royal Moroccan Air Force, and the Royal New Zealand Air Force.


Model 3000

Company designation

T-6A Texan II

Standard version for the USAF, USN, and Hellenic Air Force.

T-6A NTA Texan II

Armed version of the T-6A for the HAF.

T-6A NTA has the capability to carry rocket pods, gun pods, external fuel tanks, and bombs

T-6B Texan II

Upgraded version of the T-6A with a digital glass cockpit that includes a Head-Up Display (HUD), six multi-function displays (MFD) and Hands on Throttle and Stick (HOTAS), used at Naval Air Station Whiting Field, Naval Air Station Corpus Christi, and United States Naval Test Pilot School.

AT-6B Wolverine

Initial armed version of the T-6B for primary weapons training or light attack roles.

It has the same digital cockpit but upgraded to include data link and integrated electro-optical sensors along with several weapons configurations.

Engine power is increased to 1,600 shp (1193 kW) with the Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6-68D engine, and the structure is reinforced.

T-6C Texan II

Upgraded version of the T-6B with wing hard points, primarily designated for export sales.

T-6D Texan II

Version based on T-6B and C for the US Army for operational support, testing, utility, and chase plane roles.

AT-6E Wolverine

Production armed version of the T-6 for primary weapons training or light attack roles.

Two delivered to the USAF for continued testing.

In November 2021, eight were ordered by Thailand as the AT-6TH.

CT-156 Harvard II

Version of the T-6A for NFTC with the Canadian Forces.

Nearly identical to standard USAF and USN in terms of avionics, cockpit layout, and performance.





One passenger


33 ft 4 in (10.16 m)


33 ft 5 in (10.19 m)


10 ft 8 in (3.25 m)

Wing area

177.5 sq ft (16.49 m2)

Aspect ratio


Empty weight

4,707 lb (2,135 kg)

Gross weight

 6,300 lb (2,858 kg)

Max take-off weight

6,500 lb (2,948 kg)

Fuel capacity

149.0 Imp gal (677.5 liters, 1200 lb)


1 × Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-68 turboprop,

1,100 shp (820 kW)


4-bladed Hartzell HC-E4A-2 Hub with E9612 blades,

8 ft 1 in (2.46 m) diameter


Cruise speed

320 mph (510 km/h, 280 kn)

Never exceed speed

364 mph (586 km/h, 316 kn)


1,000 mi (1,700 km, 900 nmi)

Service ceiling

31,000 ft (9,400 m)

G limits


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