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The T-6A Texan II aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo)

The T-6A Texan II aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo)

 

(Editor's note: The exact text contained on pages 116 of this year's edition of The Contrails is seen here.)

T-6A Texan II

Manufacturer: Raytheon.

Function: Entry-Level Pilot Trainer

Service Date: 2001

Speed: 320 mph Crew: Two

Production: 446 Inventory: 446

Commentary: The Joint Primary Aircraft Training System (JPATS) T-6A Texan II is based on the Swiss Pilatus PC-9 aircraft. The USAF is exploring the purchase of a lightattack variant AT-6) for deployment in coordination with allied countries.