The Spanish Lady is a 1949 North American T-6G Texan. She was originally manufactured by North American Aviation in 1944 as an AT-6D and was used to train allied pilots during World War II. The Texan is two-seat aircraft and served as the advanced single engine trainer during the war. For many pilots, the Texan was the last trainer flown before moving to their combat aircraft. In many ways the Texan was a new pilot’s final exam, hence the
nickname the Pilot Maker. Between 1 July 1939 and 31 August 1945, a total of 193,440 pilots graduated from Army Air Force advanced flying schools. Most of those logged significant time in a T-6.
The Texan originated from the North American NA-16 prototype first
flown in 1935. More than 17,000 T-6s and SNJs (the Navy designation) were built during the war. The Texan is powered by a Pratt & Whitney R-1340 Wasp engine. The Wasp is an air cooled, 9 cylinder, supercharged, radial engine displacing 1344 cu. in generating 600 hp. Released in December 1925, the Wasp was Pratt & Whitney’s first design. The Spanish Lady served as a trainer for the US Air Force in Hondo, Texas until the early ’50’s and then was transferred to Spain. She served in the Spanish Air Force until the mid-80’s as both a close air support aircraft
and a trainer. With more than 4 decades of military service, the Spanish Lady is quite remarkable. After retiring from the Spanish Air Force, she returned to the U.S. and received a complete restoration to her ”original”condition as a US Air Force T-6G advanced trainer. These days the Spanish Lady travels around as a living history exhibit.
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|Trainer||The Spanish Lady|
|North American T-6G||42′|
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|10 gallons||Pratt & Whitney|
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