C- 26 METROLINER
BRIEFING: The C-26D is a 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 C-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.
A single C-26A was acquired in 2015 for use at the USNTPS and
is undergoing modifications that will include airborne systems
training and research support III Flying Classroom with an AESA
radar and the Garmin G950 glass cockpit.
CONTRACTOR: . . . . . . . . . . M7 Aerospace LLC
C- 38 COURIER
BRIEFING: The C- 38 Courier, the Navy’s latest Test and
Evaluation Support Aircraft, is a derivative Gulfstream G100
formerly known as the Astra SPX. This twin-engine jet is used
as a test and evaluation chase aircraft for P-8A, E-2D, MQ-4C,
E-6B and C- 130 testing and as an airborne radar target. Two
C- 38 aircraft are operated by VX- 20 at NAS Patuxent River, Md.
CONTRACTOR: . . . . . . . . . . ; Gulfstream;Aerospace;Corp.
C- 12 HURON
BRIEFING: The UC-12B/F/M Huron is a FAA-certified military
variant of the King Air 200 aircraft. The UC-12W is a FAA-certified military variant of the King Air 300 series aircraft.
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 equipped
with the latest FAA mandates for operations in and outside of
the continental United States. The cabin can 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.
Today, 18 TC-12Bs are operated by Chief of Naval
Air Training. One UC-12B is operated by Naval Criminal
Investigation Service. The Navy and Marine Corps operate 10
UC-12Fs and 11 UC-12Ms. 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 12 Marine Corps UC-12F/Ms with the more
capable UC-12W. The UC-12Ws are equipped with extended-range fuel tanks, additional aircraft survivability equipment,
night-vision compatible lighting and satellite phone communications. The Marine Corps operates seven UC-12Ws.
CON TRAC TORS: . . . . . . . . . ; 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 PC9 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 Air Force operates the T-6A at six training bases. 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.
Aircraft procurement for the Navy’s JPATS program, operational at three bases, will total 295 T-6s. The last of 252
T-6Bs was delivered to the Navy in June 2016. Six T-6Bs are
operated by the USNTPS and VX- 20 operates one T-6A.
WINGSPAN: ............. 33. 4 feet
LENGTH: ................ 33.3feet
HEIGHT:................. 10. 7 feet
WEIGHT T6A: . . . . . . . . . . . . .; empty,; 5,500;pounds;;maximum;takeoff,; 6,500;pounds
WEIGHT T6B:. . . . . . . . . . . . . .; empty,; 5,850;pounds;;maximum;takeoff,; 6,900;pounds
SPEED: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ; 316;knots;at; 1,000;feet;level;flight
T-6B TEXAN IIs