Air Force grounds T-6 training fleet

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The U.S. Air Force is making the decision to temporarily stand down flying operations of its T-6 training fleet, according to Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL).

According to, it's due to concerns over hypoxia and other unexplained physiological events.

This impacts T-6 bases at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Randolph AFB TX, Laughlin AFB TX, Sheppard AFB TX, Columbus AFB MS and Vance AFB OK, according to Senator Nelson.

The senator released the following statement to Channel 3 News.

This is in response to the recent increase in Unexplained Physiological Episodes (UPE), to include last week's events at Columbus AFB and the most recent event occurring Thursday at Sheppard AFB. The timeline of the stand-down is still being determined and we will keep you informed as our UPE team gathers more data.
Nineteenth Air Force will be hosting Brig. Gen. Bobbi Jo Doorenbos and her Navy counterpart, Rear Adm. Sara Joyner, at a cross-tell event at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph Feb. 8-9 with stakeholders including the Safety Office, the Program Office, and Aviation Medicine to discuss a way forward regarding unexplained physiological events for the T-6 Texan II.

We reached out to NAS Pensacola for comment on Thursday and have not heard back.

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