North American AT-6/SNJ Texan

Texan picture

North American developed a fabric-covered two-seat trainer known as the BT-9, which led to an metal-skinned version designated the BT-14, and a related type known as the NA-26. The BT-14 was a fixed landing gear aircraft (see for a color photo), and it in turn was developed into a more refined version with retractable gear, designated the AT-6.  Known as the AT-6 Texan to the USAAF, as the SNJ to the U.S. Navy, and as the Harvard to the Commonwealth air forces, the T-6 was the most universally used military training aircraft of all time. More than 17,000 examples of a number of versions were built, a number of which still fly today. Most all of the U.S. pilots in World War II flew this aircraft at one time in their career.

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(updated February 2009)

North American AT-6

Type:           two-seat advanced trainer
Crew:           2: Pilot, trainee
Armament:       none (though some foriegn versions were
                    armed for close air support roles.

        Length:         29.6' 3" (8.99 m)
        Height:         11' 9" (3.58 m)
        Wing span:      42.25' (12.8 m)
        Wing area:      253.7  sq. ft (23.57 sq. m)
        Empty Weight:   4158 lbs (1886 kg)
        Takeoff Weight: 5300 lbs (2404 kg) maximum

        No. of Engines: 1
        Powerplant:     Pratt & Whitney R-1340-AN-1 Wasp
        Horsepower:     550 hp

        Range:          750 miles (1207 km)
        Cruise Speed:   170 mph (274 km/hr)
        Max Speed:      205 mph (330 km/hr)
        Ceiling:        21,500 ft (6555 m)


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