North American AT-6

The North American AT-6 Trainer

  • The North American T-6 Texan was the single-engine airplane that was used to train nearly all of the fighter pilots in World War II.
  • The T-6 is also known as the AT-6 in the Air Force, the SNJ for the Navy and the Harvard for Canada and other countries.
  • Over 15,000 were built during World War II and remained in use until the early fifties and even longer in South Africa who used the airplane for their primary air force trainer until 1995.  They were also used for various military uses in Spain, Portugal and Argentina in the 50s and 60s.
  • The T-6 is a two-seater trainer with the instructor sitting in the back.
  • After mastering flight in the T-6, pilots were approved to fly the P-51 Mustang, F4U Corsair and other high performance fighters and bombers.  It has been said that if you can fly the T-6, you can fly ANYTHING.
  • The T-6 has a top speed of 208 mph and a wingspan of 42 feet, length of 29 feet and height of 11 feet.