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T-6C+ Texan IIs Arrive in Mexico

The first T-6C+ Texan II for the Mexican air force, the Fuerza Aérea Mexicana, or FAM, was delivered in a ceremony at Santa Lucia Air Force Base in Reyes Acozac, Mexico, in late August. The FAM has now received four aircraft, with two more slated for delivery in time for Mexico’s Independence Day celebration on Sept. 16.

The trainer, built by Hawker Beechcraft in Wichita, will replace the aging Pilatus PC-7 in the Mexican air arm.

The T-6C+ features a hard-point wing, a head-up display, and an integrated glass cockpit. According to the manufacturer, nearly 800 Texan IIs are now in service around the world. The U.S. Air Force is considering an armed version in its Light Air Support competition.


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