Operation: Central and Eastern
Wing Span: 42' 0"
Length: 29' 6"
Height: 11' 9"
Max Speed: 205 mph
Gross Weight: 5,300 lbs
Power Plant: Pratt & Whitney R1340-AN-1
Fuel Capacity: 110 gallons
North American AT-6D Texan
Nathan Davis is the owner of this beautiful Midwest Texan Signature
Restoration North American AT-6D Texan which is available for airshows, flybys,
AT-6D Texan is operated by the Warbird Training Center
which offers orientation flights and specializes in T-6
checkouts and training, offering flight/ground
instruction and an insurance checkout program that can
get pilots insured in a T-6 in fewer hours, and qualify
them for substantial insurance discounts.
The T-6 was a single-engine advanced trainer aircraft
designed by North American Aviation, used to train
fighter pilots of the United States Army Air Forces,
United States Navy, Royal Air Force and other air forces
of the British Commonwealth during World War II. The T-6
is known by a variety of designations depending on the
model and operating air force. The USAAC called it the
"AT-6", the US Navy, the "SNJ", and the Commonwealth air
forces, the "Harvard". It remains a popular warbird
The T-6 originated from the North American NA-16
prototype (first flown on April 1, 1935) which, modified
as the NA-26, was submitted as an entry for a USAAC
"Basic Combat" aircraft competition in March, 1937. The
first model went in to production and 180 were supplied
to the USAAC as the BC-1 and 400 to the RAF as the
Harvard I. The US Navy received 16 modified aircraft,
designated the SNJ-1, and a further 61 as the SNJ-2 with
a different engine.
A further 92 BC-1A and three BC-2 aircraft were built
before the shift to the "advanced trainer" designation,
AT-6, which was equivalent to the BC-1A. The differences
between the AT-6 and the BC-1 were new squared-off
wingtips and a straight-edged rudder, producing the
definitive Texan appearance. The AT-6 was designated the
Harvard II for RAF/RCAF orders and 1,173 were supplied
by purchase or Lend Lease, mostly operating in Canada as
part of the Empire Air Training Scheme.
Next came the AT-6A which was based on the NA-77
design and was powered by the Pratt &
Whitney R-1340-49 Wasp radial engine. The USAAF received
1,549 and the US Navy 270 (as the SNJ-3). The AT-6B was
built for gunnery training and could mount a .30 in
machine gun on the forward fuselage. It utilized the
R-1340-AN-1 engine which was to become the standard for
the remaining T-6 production. Canada's Noorduyn Aviation
built a R-1340-AN-1 powered version of the AT-6A which
was supplied to the USAAF as the AT-16 (1,500 aircraft)
and the RAF/RCAF as the Harvard IIB (2,485 aircraft),
some of which also served with the Fleet Air Arm.
The NA-88 design resulted in 2,970 AT-6C Texans and
2,400 as the SNJ-4. The RAF received 726 of the AT-6C as
the Harvard IIA. Modifications to the electrical system
produced the AT-6D (3,713 produced) and SNJ-5 (1,357
produced). The AT-6D, redesignated the Harvard III, was
supplied to the RAF (351 aircraft) and Fleet Air Arm
(564 aircraft). Subsequently the NA-121 design gave rise
to 25 AT-6F Texans for the USAAF and 931, as the SNJ-6
for the US Navy. The ultimate version, the Harvard 4 (often
erroneously referred to as the Harvard IV), was produced
by Canada Car and Foundry during the 1950s, and supplied
to the RCAF, USAF and Bundeswehr.
During the Korean War and to a lesser extent, the
Vietnam war, T-6's were pressed into service as forward
air control aircraft. These aircraft were designated T-6
"Mosquito"s. The RAF used the Harvard in Kenya against
the Mau Mau in the 1950s where they operated with 20 lb
bombs and machine guns against the gangs. Some
operations took place at altitudes around 20,000 ft.
Many small countries used the T-6 in a light attack or
counter insurgency role until the 1970s.
Since the Second World War, the T-6 has been a
regular participant at air shows, and was used in many
movies. For example, in Tora! Tora! Tora! and
The Final Countdown, converted single-seat T-6s
painted in Japanese markings represent Mitsubishi
Zeroes. The New Zealand Warbirds "Roaring 40s" aerobatic
team use ex-Royal New Zealand Air Force Harvards.
A total of 20,110 Harvards/T-6s/SNJs were built
between 1938 and 1954, 3,370 of them in Canada.
Warbird Training Center
P.O. Box 6301
Kokomo, IN 46904-6301
Phone: (765) 319-3295
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