The Air Force and Navy have together flown the T-6A Texan II for more than half a million hours since the new trainer’s introduction in mid-2000. The new joint trainer reached the milestone at the end of June, according to a recent release from the Aeronautical Systems Center at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio. The Air Force now has some 318 T-6As and the Navy another 47; the services expect to buy a total of about 760 aircraft. The two services use the single-engine, turboprop trainer with tandem seats for initial undergraduate pilot training, and the Navy also uses it for flight officer training and its test pilot school. In the Air Force, the T-6A has replacing the T-37 Tweet.
The Air Force overall reduced its size by 120 aircraft in fiscal year 2021, but kept about the same number of fighter, bomber and attack aircraft, according to data supplied by the service. The F-35 fleet saw the biggest increase while the B-1B bomber fleet saw the largest decline.