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T-6 Texan II sun shades improve training capability

2nd Lt. Gordon Milne, 47th Student Squadron specialized undergraduate pilot training student, and Lt. Col. Gentry Mobley, 85th Flying Training Squadron commander, prepare for takeoff in a T-6 Texan II at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, Nov. 5, 2019. Over the last several years, sun shelters have been constructed to house many of the aircraft at Laughlin. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Daniel Hambor)

2nd Lt. Gordon Milne, 47th Student Squadron specialized undergraduate pilot training student, and Lt. Col. Gentry Mobley, 85th Flying Training Squadron commander, prepare for takeoff in a T-6 Texan II at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, Nov. 5, 2019. Over the last several years, sun shelters have been constructed to house many of the aircraft at Laughlin. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Daniel Hambor)

2nd Lt. Gordon Milne, 47th Student Squadron specialized undergraduate pilot training student, and Lt. Col. Gentry Mobley, 85th Flying Training Squadron commander, taxi to the runway in a T-6 Texan II at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, Nov. 5, 2019. Over the last several years, sun shelters have been constructed to house many of the aircraft at Laughlin. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Daniel Hambor)

T-6 Texan II aircrafts are parked under sun shelters at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, Nov. 5, 2019. Over the last several years, sun shelters have been constructed to house many of the aircraft at Laughlin (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Daniel Hambor)

LAUGHLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Texas --

Over the last few years, sun shelters have been constructed to house many of the aircraft at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas.

The new T-6 Texan II sun shelters, which shelters currently 33 aircraft, have been rolling out to improve training and the quality of life for individuals and Airmen working on the flightline.

“The installation of the electrical utility and sunshades not only increases efficiency allowing more training missions to be executed, but also protects vital Air Force assets,” said 1st Lt. Eric Curia, 47th Civil Engineer Squadron chief of project execution.

Previously, aircraft used in Specialized Undergraduate Pilot training would be parked out in the elements, which both would make performing maintenance more difficult and harm the aircraft itself.

Pilots, like Capt. Bradley Klanderman, 434th Flying Training Squadron T-6 instructor pilot, have also hailed the new shelters. One of their biggest complaints previously was baking in the mid-summer Texas heat while starting up their aircraft.

“It’s really improved drastically,” he said. “Previously in the midafternoon, it would be so hot that it would be difficult to touch some surfaces of the aircraft without gloves.”

Along with the T-6 sun shades, the base plans to roll out new sun shades for approximately 30 T-1 Jayhawks during the next fiscal year.