T6 Texan

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T6 TEXAN ~ Déjà vu


The North American T-6 Texan, nicknamed The Pilot Maker played a significant role in preparing pilots for combat in World War II and for decades later.


The North American Aviation T-6 Texan is an American single-engine advanced trainer aircraft used to train pilots of the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF), United States Navy, Royal Air Force, and other air forces of the British Commonwealth during World War II and continued to be utilized into the 1970s. Designed by North American Aviation, the T-6 is known by a variety of designations depending on the model and operating air force.

Considered the classroom for most of the Allied pilots who flew in World War II, the T-6 trained thousands of

pilots over three decades. Although not as fast as a fighter, it was very maneuverable and challenging enough to fly, making it a natural transition aircraft for the powerful and sophisticated fighters that would follow.

The T-6 remains a popular warbird in airshow demonstrations as well as static displays.

Additionally, the T-6 has been used to simulate Japanese aircraft, including the Mitsubishi A6M Zero, in movies depicting World War II in the Pacific.


The T-6 remains a popular warbird in airshow demonstrations as well as static displays. Additionally, the T-6 has been used to simulate Japanese aircraft, including the Mitsubishi A6M Zero, in movies depicting World War II in the Pacific.

SPECS
Role: Advanced Trainer
Manufacturer: North American
Country: United States
Introduced: 1937
Engine: 600 hp Pratt & Whitney R-1340-AN-1
Wingspan: 42 ft 1/4 in
Length: 28 ft 11 7/8 in
Height: 16 feet, 4 inches
Maximum Speed: 205 mph
Range: 750 miles
Armamament: two .50-inch machine guns
Crew: 2
Number built: 15,495 Texanplane