YouTube T-6 Texan II
Max. Speed (VNE):
trainer / light attack
one pilot + student
2 – .50 cal.
33 ft. 4 in.
33 ft. 5 in.
T-6 Texan II
The T-6 Texan II, produced by Raytheon Aircraft Co. (formerly Beechcraft), is the primary training aircraft for the U.S.A.F., U.S.N., N.A.T.O., Greece, Iraq and Mexico. Just like its original namesake, it is also capable of assuming the light attack role. It has replaced earlier advanced trainer aircraft in the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Navy.
While outwardly virtually identical in appearance to a PC9, Raytheon tells us that their T-6 Texan II is an entirely different aircraft that doesn’t share a single part with its predecessor. They point out that the predecessor of the T-6 Texan II was used as an initial structure from which systems were developed to create the aircraft. The resulting new aircraft won the Joint Primary Aircraft System (JPATS) contract of the United States.
During development of the T6 Texan II, incremental changes to the basic design were made over a period during which test aircraft were flown over 500 times. The goal was to improve aircraft performance while not affecting positive attributes of the base aircraft.
Initial upgrades involved a restructured rear fuselage, improving structural integrity and handling, a revised pressurized canopy, an enlarged engine cowl for better access, a more powerful and efficient engine, and a digitized throttle management system for better response.
The T-6 Texan II incorporating the improvements was tested for an additional 200 flights, checking all systems to ensure proper functions. Additional modifications were made to this second aircraft including a system allowing all of the aircraft’s fuel tanks to be refueled from one place on the fuselage. New zero-zero ejection seats were installed for greater crew protection. The canopy was reinforced to provide greater strength against foreign object strikes. The cockpit layout was redesigned so that people of all sizes would be comfortable in the aircraft and air conditioning flow was increased.
Again, extensive testing of yet another T-6 Texan II prototype aircraft, incorporating all the improvements, was undergone. The aircraft received LCD displays which are more readable in a bright light environment, the latest avionics mounted for easy maintenance, and 1 1/2 degrees of positive wing incidence added for a better view by the instructor over the aircraft’s nose. Additional improvements and additions included a self contained oxygen generator, lower maintenance hydraulics, and more advanced anti-corrosive paints. A new stronger undercarriage was designed for the less than perfect landings experienced in training aircraft.
The result was the current T-6 Texan II, an aircraft with higher performance, lower maintenance, and a longer service life expectancy than its predecessor.
A total of over 850 T-6 Texan II aircraft have been produced to date.
RC T-6 Texan II
The RC T-6 Texan II from Unique Models is a foamy that comes in PNP (Plug n Play) form. It has a wingspan of 47 in., is 47 in. long and weighs about 56 oz. all up. It has retracts and is powered by a 620 kV motor.
The RC T-6 Texan II for sale by Phoenix Model has a 58 1/2 in. wingspan and 50 in. length. It comes as an ARF (Almost Ready to Fly) and includes retracts. For power, it needs your .46 to 55 two cycle, .52 four cycle engine or the equivalent electric motor
The RC T-6 Texan II giant scale ARF airplane from VMAR has a wingspan of 81 in. and length 63 in. For power you can use from .90 to 1.20 two stroke or from .90 to 1.55 four stroke engines. Ready to fly weight is about 10 1/2 lbs.
The RC T-6 Texan II from plans for sale by the AMA Plans Service has a wingspan of 60 in. and it is listed under plan number 2689 for scale gas.
The T-6 Texan II is virtually visibly identical to the PC-9. There is no reason why you shouldn’t take those RC airplanes and convert them to T-6 Texan II color schemes..