Company T6 Texan IIR Gallery
Ita / Eng
Squadron Leader Aircraft's Texan T-6 IIR is a 3/4 replica of Textron Aviation's T-6A Texan II, intended to be an accurate reproduction of the attractive design, slender and aggressive in appearance like the original, to give the pilot the feeling of piloting the famous military trainer.

The configuration of the aircraft has a low cantilever wing with tandem seats and a conventional tail. The prototype is powered by a turbo version of the Rotax 912 (Flygas compressor) piston engine equipped with a four-blade carbon fiber propeller, constant speed, electric variable pitch.

The landing gear (oil gas struts) is retractable and operated by an electro-hydraulic pump. The airframe of T6 II-R is entirely made of 2024 and 6061 aluminium alloy and some composite materials are used only for non-structural components such as hoods and fairings.

The flight controls for the elevator and aileron are made with aluminium alloy tubes, while the rudder is with cables ;the elevator is equipped with an electric operated trim tab . The fuel tanks (two) are located in the outer wings behind the main wing spar and are made of impact-resistant and explosion-proof rubber fabric. The aircraft is equipped with a ballistic parachute system installed behind the canopy. Like the full scale, our replica feature two dashboards and can be equipped with digital or analogic instruments,according to the preferences of the pilots.

The fuel and electrical systems are made using the best components available.

The main characteristics of the aircraft are in the following table:
Surface of the wings
10.2 m2
8.1 m
7.1 m
Tank capacity
2 x 50 l. (total usable 90 l.)
Fully loaded weight
Engine (of the prototype)
Rotax 912ULTurbo
Max Power
120 HP
Load factor
4.4 g
290 Km/h
Stall speed
84 km/h
Cruising speed at 75% power (5000rpm)
220 km/h (depending on the engine installed)
Theoretical loads

The maneuver and gust loads of the structural design were defined at the maximum and minimum weights, following mainly the German LTF-UL standards as minimum values, which in some cases were increased to be in line with the aircraft design philosophy and the search for safety.

Aerodynamic analysis

The aerodynamic characteristics have been evaluated with state-of-the-art CFD programs, integrated and strengthened by the experience.

Structural design and testing

The structural design was performed using an avant-garde FEM software, integrated with the analysis of the manuals when necessary, according to the previous experiences of the design team. As for the structural design, the safety factor considered was 1.5. The structural tests were carried out successfully up to the maximum design load.

History of T-6 Texan II

The Beechcraft T-6 Texan II is built by the Raytheon Aircraft Company which acquired in the early 1980s the assets of the Beechcraft Corporation. Now it is a brand of Textron Aviation Defense, since 2014. Based on the Pilatus PC-9, it was modified by Beechcraft to participate in the Joint Primary Aircraft Training System (JPATS) in 1990 and replaced the T-37B and T-34 Turbo Mentors employed by the USAF and US Navy. It is also employed as a trainer and in attack versions by the Royal Canadian Air Force (CT-156 Harvard II), Royal Air Force, Isreaeli A.F., Greek A.F, Royal New Zealand A.F., Fuerza Aerea Argentina, Iraqi A.F., Mexican and Moroccan A.F. The T-6 Texan II takes its name from its illustrious predecessor with a radial engine T-6A Texan used during World War II.

Before being formally named in 1997, the T-6A was identified in a 1989 in a master plan for training aircraft as the aeronautical section of the JPATS. The system includes a suite of simulators, training devices and a training integration management system. On February 5, 1996, Raytheon was granted the JPATS and support contracts. The first operational T-6A II arrived at Randolph Air Force Base, Texas in May 2000.

Characterized by turboprop propulsion, it is equipped with the Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-68 engine of Canadian production, it has a cockpit that can accommodate 2 seats in tandem. It is equipped with two Martin-Baker ejection seats, with 0/0 capacity and a canopy crushing system, activated automatically with ejection, or manually if necessary. It is also equipped with two air valves and the air is supplied by a compressor, for the operation of the anti-G suits provided for both pilots, given the very high performance and structural limits of the aircraft (+ 7.0g -3.5g). The U.S. Navy uses the T-6B, a full glass cockpit version of the previous one, equipped with a HUD in the front cabin.

Technical characteristics of the Beechcraft T-6 Texan II
Primary function:
entry level trainer in the first pilot training
Raytheon Aircraft Co.
1,100 HP Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-68 turboprop engine
33.5 feet (10.19 meters)
33,4 piedi (10,16 metri)
10.7 feet (3.23 meters)
320 miles per hour
Standard empty base weight:
6,500 lbs (2,955 kg)
Tangency quota:
31,000 feet (9448.8 meters)
900 nautical miles (1,667 kilometers)