Grissom ropes in a T-6A Texan II for air show

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  • By Tech. Sgt. Jami K. Lancette
  • 434th Public Affairs

The Grissom Air and Space Expo is Sept. 7-8, and the T-6 Texan will be there.

The T-6 is the first aircraft many Air Force pilots fly.

Deployed in May of 2000, the T-6 is a single-engine, two-seat primary trainer designed to train Joint Primary Pilot Training students in basic flying skills common to U.S. Air Force and Navy pilots.

With 446 in the active inventory, the aircraft is fully aerobatic and features a pressurized cockpit with an anti-G system, ejection seat and an advanced avionics package featuring sunlight-readable liquid crystal displays.

The aircraft can achieve an initial climb of 3,100 feet per minute and can reach 18,000 feet in less than six minutes.

With a host of activities and events, the air show has its sights set on education, fun and inspiration.

“Airshows allow citizens to see how their tax dollars are being spent, while static displays allow people to get close to aircraft, both past and present,” said Douglas Hays, chief of public affairs.

“We also hope to inspire future generations of Airmen to help execute the Air Force mission,” Hays said.

The military aircraft, personnel and performances at these shows help demonstrate the Air Force Reserve’s readiness and role in global and national security.

The 2019 Grissom Air and Space Expo will feature demonstrations by the Thunderbirds and the U.S. Army parachute team the Golden Knights, along with other military and civilian acts.

Gates open at 8:30 a.m. Sept. 7-8, with flying scheduled to begin at approximately 11:00 a.m. both days weather permitting.

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