Texan time

Mark Ayton reports on the UK’s T-6 Texan training system, which is now being used to instruct ab initio students with No 72 Squadron at RAF Valley, Anglesey.

Texan T1 serial ZM327 over Anglesey in July 2019 during initial instructor qualifications.
Jamie Hunter

The first two Beechcraft Texan T1 trainer aircraft for the UK arrived at RAF Valley in February 2018, kickstarting a complex and extensive programme of validation work designed to ensure that the courseware, simulators, aircraft and personnel were ready for the start of the first ab initio basic fast jet training (BFJT) course with the new aircraft.

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