The Texan, a two-place advanced trainer, was the classroom for most Allied pilots in World War II. The Texan was the U.S. military’s advanced trainer from 1936 through the 1940s and primary trainer in the 1950s. Over 15,000 were produced, with 350 still flying today. Though most famous as a trainer, the T-6 also won honors in World War II and in the early days of the Korean War, where it was known as the Mosquito.
In all, the Texan trained several hundred thousand pilots in 34 different countries over a period of 25 years. A pilot’s airplane, it could roll, loop, spin, snap and vertical roll, earning its nickname – the Pilot-Maker.
The Texan is considered the most successful training aircraft ever designed – it gave the best possible training in all types of tactics, from ground strafing to bombardment and aerial dog-fighting. It contained such versatile equipment as bomb racks, blind flying instrumentation, gun and standard cameras, fixed and flexible guns, and just about every other device that military pilots had to operate.
The Navy SNJ-5 is nearly the same as the Army Air Corps AT-6D and British Royal Air Force Harvard, except for paint schemes and minor modifications, such as a locking tail wheel and a tail hook for Navy carrier landing training. The Texan was re-designated the T-6 in 1948.
|Date of Manufacture
|North American AT-6/SNJ/ Harvard
|42 feet .25 inches
|29 feet 6 inches
|110 gallons/ 550 miles
|Single 600 hp Pratt & Whitney R1340 AN-1 radial piston engine
|Hamilton Standard 12D40
|Rate of Climb
|Number of Crew
Smoke ‘n Noise was built for the Navy in 1944 as an advanced trainer for U.S. pilots. It was trainer #9 based at Brunswick Navy Base. Following World War II, it was sold to Mexico and spent the next 12 years as a trainer and fighter. It returned to the U.S. for private use in Colorado until it found a new home in the Midwest with Brian and Rachel Aukes in 2006.
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