Centennial of Naval Aviation T-6, done up in a mid/late 1940′s paint scheme. They got these into the Fleet after I’d gotten into testing Other Flying Machines.
I wasn’t involved in the JPATS selection, but know one of the engineers that did the testing. The Great Worry was that the Air Force would insist on a jet because it had a pointy nose and fire belching out the back…when every analysis clearly indicated that a turboprop was the right choice. The other question being which turboprop – the modified Pilatus PC-9 that won, or the Super Tucano. An interesting choice. I know the Super Tucanos have racked up a good reputation as a light attack/COIN platform, but the PC-9 might be a more economical trainer.