About Us

Textron Aviation Defense has supported the United States Armed Forces for more than 80 years and delivered more than 14,500 aircraft to militaries around the world.

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Overview

We realize that you have vital missions to run – keeping borders safe, training tomorrow’s warfighters, performing search and rescue, protecting and defending. Our mission to support your success is something we take to heart.

Who We Are

Textron Aviation Defense designs, builds and supports versatile and globally known military aircraft, including the Beechcraft® T-6 training aircraft and the Beechcraft AT-6 light attack aircraft. We support the United States and its partner nations with our current class-leading aircraft as well as former production aircraft, including the Beechcraft Model 18 light bomber, the T-44 and T-34 training aircraft and the T-1A jet trainer.

Our Products

Textron Aviation Defense has supported the United States Armed Forces for more than 80 years and delivered more than 14,500 aircraft to militaries around the world.

We realize that you have vital missions to run – keeping borders safe, training tomorrow’s warfighters, performing search and rescue, protecting and defending. Our mission to support your success is something we take to heart.

Our Service

As your partner, we bring insights of millions of flight hours, decade of experience and global network of support to your fleet and your mission. After all, the spirit of high-performance, reliable and customized support is what made Textron Aviation Defense the best in the world at what we do in the first place.

It’s how the proud men and women of our company have always worked. It’s how we will continue to work. And it’s why what we do works so well.

History

Textron Aviation Defense delivered its first military aircraft in 1936 – the Model 17 Staggerwing. We’ve been designing and manufacturing aircraft for militaries around the world ever since.

In 1950, the Beechcraft T-34 series was born. The T-34 incorporated all of the controls and characteristics of heavier, more advanced combat aircraft but with minimal operating and maintenance costs. This philosophy of efficiency and forward-thinking technology carried over to the T-6 series.

Milestones for the remarkable T-6 trainer include:

  • Competing for and being awarded the Joint Primary Aircraft Training System (JPATS) programs for the U.S. Air Force and Navy
  • Being chosen for the U.S. Navy Test Pilot School and U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command
  • Becoming the primary trainer for military programs worldwide, including NATO Flying Training in Canada, the Hellenic Air Force in Greece, the Israeli Air Force, the Iraqi Air Force, the Royal Moroccan Air Force, the Mexican Air Force and Navy and the Royal New Zealand Air Force.

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Logistics

Our proven, flexible logistics team meets your needs to ensure your fleet is ready to fly at a moment's notice.

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Maintenance

Our technicians keep your aircraft where it belongs: in the air.

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Training

Textron Aviation Defense training programs train the trainer, ensuring your team is equipped to deal with any situation.

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