Rebuilt by North American in 1949 as a T-6D Standard for the USAF as 49-3305. Stationed at Goodfellow AFB, Texas. N651SH was exported to Spain in 1962 and modified by the Ejército del Aire or Spanish Air Force to C.6 or Cazabombardero 6 configuration. That means “fighter bomber 6″ in English. N651SH was numbered C.6-168 after modification by Spain. The airplane is still in its final active duty assignment markings with 421 Escuadrón and marked as 421-59. It was surplussed by Spain and sold to a US civil owner in 1986.
Our T-6D Texan, “Dulcinea”, was originally built during World War II as an advanced trainer for the Army Air Force pilots who became the famous fighter and bomber pilots that won the war. During the early days of the Cold War, it was recognized that a fresh generation of pilots would have to be trained for the newly independent U.S. Air Force. The Air Force contracted with North American Aviation, who originally built the aircraft, to reopen a production line and completely rebuild the T-6 Texan with new systems and radios which included our airplane in 1949. After completing duty at Goodfellow AFB during and after the Korean War, the Air Force released our T-6 aircraft for export to allies and other friendly nations. Our T-6 was once again overhauled and exported to Spain in 1962.
In the early 1980s as Spain retired the T-6 aircraft type from active service a small number of the aircraft in best condition were held in reserve for museums. Our T-6 was one of the last to be released and is in authentic markings of the last Spanish squadron in which she served. The cockpit still has the bomb, rocket, and machine gun arming switches from her combat role. Modern radios, navigation, and transponder equipment have been added for flight safety in today’s airspace.
|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
|two 7.7 mm Breda-Safat machine guns
|Rockets & bombs
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