T-6A “DAEDALUS”

T-6A “DAEDALUS”

Hellenic Air Force T-6A Texan II Demo Team “Daedalus”

The T-6A Aircraft Demonstration Team constitutes an ambitious venture which aims at spreading and cultivating the air concept in the Greek community and at enhancing the morale of the Hellenic Armed Forces, while, at the same time, it is projecting the work of the Hellenic Air Force cadres to the wide public.

The aircraft used in the air shows is the training aircraft T-6A Texan II.

In order for each air show of the T-6A Aircraft Demonstration Team to be successful and safe, the harmonic cooperation of a number of people is required. These people are :

  • The main Demonstration Pilot.
  • The Flight & Ground Safety Observing Officer, who is responsible for the continuous control of the flight project’s safe conduct, observing the limitations regarding the flight height and has the jurisdiction to intervene and order the interruption of the maneuver if he decides that it is not performed correctly.
  • The narrator officer, who is responsible for narrating, explaining and commenting on the maneuvers performed to the public.
  • The aircraft’s preparation and support technical personnel

Air Show Maneuvers

The T-6A aircraft of the Demonstration Team has the ability, depending on the prevailing weather conditions and the clouds base altitude in the area of the show, to carry out two acrobatic maneuver projects: A High one and a Low one. More specifically, there are:

  • High Show

: Minimum clouds base altitude 4,500 feet above ground level (AGL), horizontal visibility 5 km.

  • Flat Show

: Minimum cloud base altitude 2,500 feet above ground level (AGL) and horizontal visibility 5 km.

Both programs include high performance maneuvers with accelerations ranging from -1 to +7g. During the conduct of the show maneuvers, the aircraft’s speed ranges from 80 to 260 Knots.

The High Show lasts 10 minutes and 30 seconds and the Low Show’s duration is 8 minutes and 30 seconds.

 

High Show

  • Takeoff Roll
  • Cuban Eight
  • Eight Point Roll
  • Reverse Half Cuban Eight
  • Texas Sidewinder
  • Level 360°- Kerry Turn
  • Fish Hook
  • Reverse Half Cuban Eight
  • Opposing Roll – High Speed
  • Landing Gear down Pass
  • Rapid rise for photography
  • High Speed Photo Pass
  • Tactical Pitch-up to Land

Flat Show

  • Takeoff Roll
  • Cuban Eight
  • Eight Point Roll
  • Reverse Half Cuban Eight
  • Texas Sidewinder
  • Level 360°- Kerry Turn
  • Fish Hook
  • Reverse Half Cuban Eight
  • Opposing Roll – High Speed
  • Landing Gear down Pass
  • Rapid rise for photography
  • High Speed Photo Pass
  • Tactical Pitch-up to Land