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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Beechcraft AT-6 Completes First Production Flight

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Beechcraft completed the first flight of its production AT-6 light attack aircraft on Tuesday in Wichita, Kan.
(AT-6 first production flight. Photo, courtesy of Beechcraft.)
The AT-6, a multirole aircraft based on the T-6 Texan II turboprop trainer, has completed 1,600 flight hours since the first flight of an AT-6 test aircraft in 2009. Beechcraft is marketing the AT-6 to U.S. partner nations that are in need of a light attack aircraft, after being passed up by the U.S. Air Force for its $427 million light air support program which went to Embraer's A-29 Super Tucano
“We have seen a growing interest in the AT-6 from the defense establishment around the world," said Bill Boisture, CEO of Beechcraft. Pratt and Whitney's PT6A-68D engine powers the AT-6, which also features Lockheed Martin's A-10C-based mission system and L-3 Wescam's MX-15Di sensor suite. 
The manufacturer has not yet secured a launch customer for the AT-6. 


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