AT-6 ceremonial first flight

Yesterday, I visited Beechcraft’s factory in Wichita, Kansas, to see the ceremonial first flight of the company’s AT-6 counter-insurgency aircraft. The company has not sold any of the aircraft just yet, having lost the US Air Force’s Light Air Support tender to supply the Afghans with 20 such machines. But Bill Boisture, Beechcraft’s CEO, says he expects a firm order before the year is out.

Also, they have offered to let me fly an AT-6… which puts them in my good books.  Meanwhile, no one has even offered to let me fly an F-16 or Typhoon.

Here are some photos:at-6-inflightAT-6-taxi-inWichita-at-6-2Wichita-at-6-taxiat-6

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4 Responses to AT-6 ceremonial first flight

  1. General Franco 21 August, 2013 at 11:22 pm #

    I wonder how much one would sell for stripped of hard points, sensors and with standard avionics? Perhaps the rich folks who restore and fly old warbirds would be interested in picking one up?

    • AirShowFan 22 August, 2013 at 3:02 pm #

      You mean the T-6A Texan 2? Those have been in production for a while, and they’re about the same as a Pilatus PC-9, so it might be cheaper to buy one in Switzerland… Some early-model Tucanos (another very similar aircraft, pretty much the same size, engine, speed, etc) are now hitting the warbird market. Patty Wagstaff has one. RS Warbirds sells them ranging from $995K (fixer-upper) to $1.5M (pristine condition): http://www.controller.com/list/list.aspx?OHID=1194313&Manu=SHORTS&Mdltxt=TUCANO%20MK1

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