The C-20D features accommodations for five passengers and
staff while the C-20G variant may be configured for cargo operations, passenger operations or a combination of the two. With
a full complement of seats installed, the aircraft is capable of
accommodating up to 26 passengers and a crew of four.
Two C-20Ds are operated by VR- 1 at Joint Base Andrews-Naval Air Facility.
One C-20G, operated by Executive Transport Detachment
Sigonella, Italy, has replaced a C-20A and supports the commander of U.S. Naval Forces Europe. The Navy also operates two C-
20G aircraft at VR- 51 at Marine Corps Air Station Kaneohe Bay,
Hawaii, and the Marine Corps operate one C-20G at Kaneohe Bay.
A fourth C-20G currently is undergoing capability upgrades and
will be based at Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX- 30) Naval
Base Ventura County, in Point Mugu, Calif. The new capability
will support the Navy’s Sea Test Range with Range Surveillance
and Clearance, as well as provide photometric capabilities.
CONTRACTOR: ...........Gulfstream Aerospace Corp.
BRIEFING: The C-26D is a Federal Aviation Administration-
(FAA-) certified military utility transport version of the Fairchild
Metroliner 23 commercial light-lift aircraft. It is a multipurpose low-wing, twin-engine business turboprop with an engine on each wing.
With a maximum payload capacity of 5,020 pounds, the cabin can
be configured to accommodate up to 19 passengers and/or cargo.
The aircraft incorporates a cargo door with an integral air-stair door
to permit easy entry and access. Four UC-26Ds are based in Italy,
where they provide rapid-response transports for high-priority
resupply and movement of key personnel to remote sites. Three
other C-26D aircraft have been modified to two RC-26Ds and one
EC-26D to conduct range clearance and control missions at the
Pacific Missile Range Facility at Barking Sands, Hawaii.
CONTRACTOR: ...........M7 Aerospace LLC
UC- 12 HURON
BRIEFING: The UC-12B/F/M/W Huron is an FAA-certified military variant of the King Air 200 aircraft manufactured by Hawker
Beechcraft Corp. The UC-12W is an FAA-certified military variant
of the King Air 300 series aircraft manufactured by Beechcraft
Corp. The Huron is a low-wing, fully pressurized, multifunction T-tail monoplane with two turboprop engines. The aircraft is certified
to operate on unimproved runways, certified/capable of operating
in extreme weather conditions, and is equipped with the latest FAA
mandates for operations in the continental United States as well as
locations outside the continental United States. The cabin can readily be configured to accommodate passengers, cargo or both.
UC- 12 Huron aircraft typically carry out transport missions;
fly small troop movements, senior military commanders and
congressional staff members; provide relief/aid in support of
natural disasters; and can be configured for medical evacuation.
All Navy UC- 12 aircraft were procured with a cargo door that
enables high-priority and sensitive cargo shipments.
From 1979-1982, 66 UC-12Bs were procured to support Navy
and Marine Corps air stations and Reserve centers. One UC-12B
that was converted to an NC-12B to perform sonobuoy testing missions was retired in 2011. Only two UC-12Bs remain in service.
In 2000, 25 UC-12s were converted to TC-12Bs to augment
the T- 44 in training student naval aviators to fly multi-engine
turboprop aircraft in day/night familiarization, basic instruments, radio instruments, formation and airways/cross-country
Procurements of later model UC-12s from 1986-1988 included
12 UC-12Fs and 12 UC-12Ms. Ten UC-12Fs and 10 UC-12Ms
joined the UC-12Bs to perform the utility transport mission, and
two UC-12Fs and two UC-12Ms were converted to RC-12s to support test range operations. One RC-12F and one RC-12M, and 16
UC-12B’s have been retired. The remaining RC-12F and RC-12M
are assigned to Scientific Development Squadron (VXS- 1) to support test and evaluation of naval radar and other systems.
Additionally, three C-12C aircraft on loan from the Army
serve as training aircraft at the USNTPS.
In 2007 and 2008, Congress provided funding to start
replacement of the 11 Marine UC-12s with a more capable aircraft. Hawker Beechcraft won the competition with its UC-12W
King Air 300-series aircraft, similar to the 200-series aircraft but
with a longer fuselage, more powerful engines, greater range
and other enhancements.
The first UC-12W was delivered in May 2010, and delivery of
the next five was completed by mid-2011. Aircraft No. 7 was
placed on contract in November 2014. Three UC-12Ws have
been equipped with extended-range fuel tanks. Capability
improvements for the UC-12W continue with additional aircraft
survivability equipment, extended range tanks, night vision capability and satellite phone communications.
CONTRACTORS:.........L- 3 Vertex, Beechcraft Corp.
T- 6 TEXAN II
BRIEFING: The Joint Primary Aircraft Training System (JPATS)
consists of the T- 6 Texan II aircraft, simulators, computer-aided academics and a Training Integration Management System. The joint
program, with the Air Force acting as the executive service, is replacing Navy T-34C and Air Force T-37B aircraft. The program is using
COTS subsystems to the maximum extent possible. The aircraft is a
derivative of the Swiss Pilatus PC- 9 with a Pratt & Whitney PT6A-
68 engine, digital cockpit, Martin-Baker ejection seats, cockpit pressurization and an onboard oxygen-generating system.
The T-6A entered service in 2001, and the Air Force began
training its student pilots at Randolph Air Force Base in Texas. The
Navy accepted its first two T-6A production aircraft in August
2002 and began naval flight officer training in Pensacola, Fla., in
June 2003. The Navy operates 43 T-6As, including one at VX- 20,
Patuxent River, Md., for development work.
The Navy began procuring an upgraded avionics variant of
the Texan II, the T-6B, for primary pilot training in 2007. The
avionics upgrade package includes an all-glass cockpit using
three multifunction displays, head-up display, hands-on throttle and stick, dual redundant Integrated Avionics Computers
and an open-architecture design to allow for future growth.
The first two T-6Bs were delivered on Sept. 3, 2009, to
Training Air Wing Five at NAS Whiting Field, Fla. The T-6B
reached IOC in April 2010. The first student naval aviators
trained in the T-6B completed their syllabus in late 2010.
The Navy’s JPATS program plans to procure 295 T-6s. As of
October 2014, more than 215 T-6Bs had been delivered to the Navy,
including six for the USNTPS. The system will be operational at 10
bases (six Air Force and four Navy) when fully fielded.