The US Navy has received the first two T-6B aircraft, the latest variant of T-6A trainer aircraft from the aerospace manufacturing company Hawker Beechcraft Corporation (HBC).

The two aircraft, named PN-1 and PN-2, were flown to Naval Air Station Whiting Field in Florida to provide training for the student pilots.

T-6B is the avionics upgrade variant that features a glass cockpit configuration that includes three multifunction displays, hands-on-throttle-and-stick functionality and a head-up display.

The aircraft provides primary pilot training with enhanced capabilities in air-to-air and air-to-ground mission areas.

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More than 260 T-6B aircraft are expected to be acquired by the navy to replace the aging T-34 fleet. HBC will deliver a total of 15 T-6Bs by April 2010 for navy student pilot training.