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North American T-6 Texan (Trainer)
North American T-6 Texan (Trainer)
North American T-6 Texan (Trainer)
North American T-6 Texan (Trainer)
North American T-6 Texan (Trainer)

North American T-6 Texan (Trainer)

Snapshot
Nickname:
Pilot Maker, Old Growler
Number Built:
15,495
Make:
North American Aviation
Mission:
Trainer
Location:
Hangar 79
Background

The North American T-6 Texan prepared pilots for combat, earning the “pilot maker.” The Texan served as a basic combat trainer throughout World War II and beyond. The original AT-6 Texans differed little from subsequent versions, which saw increased fuel capacity, stronger, lighter frames constructed of light alloys, and a steerable tail-wheel. More than 17,000 airframes were designed to the Texan standards. North American’s rapid production of the T-6 Texan coincided with the increased wartime production in the United States.

By 1940, the required flight hours for combat pilots was cut to just 200 during a shortened seven month training period. Of those hours, 75 were logged in the AT-6.

U. S. Navy pilots flew the trainer airplane extensively, under the SNJ designation, the most common of these being the SNJ-4, SNJ-5 and SNJ-6. U. S. Air Force and U. S. Naval forces in the Korean War modified the Texan under the LT-6G designation and employed it in battlefield surveillance.

Specs
Contractor
North American Aviation
Deployment Date
First flight, April 1935; Operational 1938
Span
42 feet
Length
29 feet, 6 inches
Height
11 feet, 9 inches
Weight
5,300 lbs
Max. Speed
205 MPH
Service Ceiling
21,500 feet
Range
750 miles
Crew
2