The Beechcraft T-6C is a tandem two seater fighter-training aircraft powered by a Pratt and Whitney Canada PT6A turboprop engine. The 1,100hp engine can generate a top speed of 316 knots (364 mph) and reaches a maximum altitude of 31,000ft. As a fighter-trainer, it uses a heads up display (HUD) and is fitted with ejection seats in case of emergency. The aircraft can sustain G forces from – 3.5G to 7G, enabling the practice of combat manoeuvres such as high banking turns and tail-chasing techniques.
This aircraft will be flown by pilots selected for combat air roles, as the next step on the ladder to an operational flying squadron. Pilots will learn: