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A new Light Attack and Armed Reconnaissance aircraft will be at the Royal International Air Tattoo on July 16-17.

The Beechcraft AT-6 is a multi-role, multi-mission aircraft system designed to meet the spectrum of needs of the emergent Light Attack and Armed Reconnaissance requirement.

Leveraging on a range of highly specialist but off-the-shelf capabilities, such as the proven Beechcraft T-6C advanced trainer, the aircraft has already successfully demonstrated essential net-centric and light attack capabilities during US field trials.

Bringing together the manufacturing capabilities of Hawker Beechcraft Corporation and the weapon systems expertise of Lockheed Martin, the Beechcraft AT-6 defines the next generation of cost effective, flexible Special Mission Aircraft assuring mission success, at the minimum through life cost, even in the most demanding of scenarios. The AT-6 will be flown to the Air Tattoo from Hawker Beechcraft's headquarters in Wichita, Kansas, and the static display will include a representative mission load including extended range fuel tanks, weapons and surveillance equipment.

At Fairford, the aircraft will be joined by the Beechcraft T-6C advanced trainer following successful displays at both the Australian International and Paris airshows, flying in from a series of flight demonstrations at Kalamata Air Base in Greece. This upgraded version of the T-6 Texan II provides comprehensive basic introductory flight training as well as more complex flight instructions. It is used to train pilots from more than 20 countries around the world, including both the US Air Force and US Navy.

Hawker Beechcraft Corporation is a world-leading manufacturer of business, special mission, light attack and trainer aircraft.

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July 1, 2011

“It was an epic spectacle, as magical as anything you've ever seen in the West End, and as loud as anything you've ever heard at Knebworth.”

Jeremy Clarkson, Television Presenter

“All the thrills, excitement and noise of a Grand Prix, but in the air!”

Jenson Button, Former Formula 1 Racing Driver

“Probably the most complete air show I’ve ever been to!”

Al Worden, Apollo 15 Astronaut

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