The History of the T-6

North American Harvard at Onerahi Aerodome, New Zealand, 1961The North American T-6 Texan two-place advanced trainer was the classroom for most of the Allied pilots who flew in World War II. Called the SNJ by the Navy and the Harvard by the British Royal Air Force, the AT-6 (advanced trainer) was designed as a transition trainer between basic trainers and first-line tactical aircraft. It was redesignated T-6 in 1948. In all, the T-6 trained several hundred thousand pilots in 34 different countries through a period of 25 years. A total of 15,495 of the planes made. Though most famous as a trainer, the T-6 Texan also won honors in World War II and in the early days of the Korean War. The Texan was an evolution of the company's BC-1 basic combat trainer, which was first producted for the U.S. Army Air Corps with fixed landing gear in 1937 under a contract that called for 174 planes. North American Aviation designed the NA-49 prototype as a low-cost trainer with all the characteristics of a high-speed fighter. Although not as fast as a fighter, it was easy to maintain and repair, had more maneuverability and was easier to handle. A pilot's airplane, it could roll, Immelmann, loop, spin, snap and vertical roll.Keep him flying! poster


Wing Span: 42 feet
Lengt: 29 feet
Gross Weight: 5800 Pounds
Engine Mfg: Pratt & Whitney
Type: 9 cylinder super charged radial
Displacement: 1340 cu. in.
Power: 600 HP @ 2250 RPM / 36" MP
Fuel Capacity: 110 US Gallons
Oil Capacity: 10 US Gallons

Top Speed: 240 MPH
Cruise Speed: 155 MPH
Stall Speed: 56 MPH
Fuel Consumption: 35 GPH at normal cruise power