Don and Coralie Stamp’s North American SNJ-5 (T-6 for you Army people) Trainer, the Texan

Don and Coralie Stamp’s North American SNJ-5 (T-6 for you Army people) Trainer, the Texan

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Aircraft was built in Texas and delivered to the Navy at Pensacola Naval Air Station in September of 1944. Used to train Navy Pilots, for the War in the Pacific, and after the War. Surplussed out and sold to a parts dealer in Maryland in 1958. Probably sold for $500. He bought a lot of WWII aircraft and sold parts mainly to the ag type duster aircraft. My aircraft was in storage from 1958 until 1988 when I purchased it. When I bought the project it had not been registered and still was property of the Navy.



Registration Number Date of Manufacture
N645DS 1944
Aircraft Role Nickname
Trainer “Pilot Maker” and well know as the “Texan”
Aircraft Type: Wingspan:
North American AT-6/SNJ/ Harvard 42 feet .25 inches
Overall length: Empty weight:
29 feet 6 inches 4158 pounds
Gross weight: Fuel capacity:
5300 pounds 110 gallons/ 550 miles
Oil capacity Engine type:
10 Gallons of Phillips 25/60 Single 600 hp Pratt & Whitney R1340 AN-1 radial piston engine
Propeller type: Max Speed
Hamilton Standard 12D40 205 mph
Rate of Climb Cruise Speed
800 Feet per minute 155 mph
Service Ceiling Number of Crew
21,500 feet from the book, never been that high Two
Armament Bomb Load
None None
Number Built Number Surviving
13000 800+



Don & Coralie SNJ


As you can see the aircraft was definitely a case for major work. We bought all the manuals and went to work. The bigger problem was dealing with the FAA to get ownership of the project. It took 4 years of back and forth and finally my registration showed up. I now own the aircraft. The bureau number was 90645. That the military way and identify aircraft. So I used the 45 as the buss number and the 645 with my initials DS as the N number. N645DS, the civilian registration number.

The work went on, total dis-assembly, all new bolts, wiring, hydraulics, fabric, paint, overhauled engine, overhauled prop. Ended up with a new airplane.

The Texan flew the first time since 1958 on July 20, 1999. Two days later it was in OSH. We were pleased to receive the Best T-6 award. On to Sun-N-Fun 2000 and Grand Champion WWII. Many awards since.

Now spends its time flying formation with other NATA members.

Restoration Images

 SNJ-N645DS-Restoration    SNJ restoration - Don & Coralie



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