Military Capabilities

US Air Force lifts T-6 operational pause

27 February 2018

The US Air Force (USAF) on 27 February lifted the operational pause of its Beechcraft T-6 Texan II trainer fleet, according to a service statement.

The pause was due to multiple unexplained physiological events experienced by Air Education and Training Command (AETC) pilots during the last two weeks of January. The USAF said the incidents were different from classic hypoxia, which is caused by oxygen deprivation.

Instructor pilots will be the first to return flying to regain currencies. Students will go back to flying by the end of the week. This will start with warmup sorties to regain currencies before going forward with sorties required by the syllabus.

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