AT-6 light attack aircraft flies at Wichita
Hawker Beechcraft today announced the successful first flight of its AT-6 prototype and the program’s progression into the next phase of flight test.
The AT-6 prototype is a structurally strengthened derivative of the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy T-6A/B trainer that will offer the U.S. Air Force and partner nations a robust airpower solution that meets a wide spectrum of needs at a fraction of the cost of other platforms.
The AT-6 is designed to be able to quickly transition pilots between basic flight training missions and complex NetCentric light attack and armed reconnaissance missions. The next phase of flight testing will last through October, during which the company will continue flight envelope expansion of the heavily instrumented AT-6 prototype, along with performance and handling qualities assessments with various external store configurations.