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T-6 Texan, U.S. Trainer



U.S. Air Force


North American T-6 Texan


Specifications:


Crew 2
Dimensions 29'6" by 42' by 11'8"
8.99m by 12.80m by 3.56m
Weight 4158-5300 lbs
1886-2400 kg
Maximum speed       208 mph
335 km/h
Service ceiling 21,500 feet
6550 meters
Power plant 1 550 hp (410 kW) Pratt and Whitney R-1340-AN1 radial engine driving a two bladed propeller.
Armament Optional 0.303 machine guns in one or both wing roots or the rear cockpit.
External stores Light bombs for training purposes
Range 750 miles
1210 km
Production 15,109 by North American and 2610 by Noorduyn of Canada (1938-1945)
Variants
Navy variants were designated the SNJ and those with a C suffix had a tail hook for carrier training.
There were numerous variants, some of partially wooden construction, and with different instrument layouts.


North American's T-6 Texan was the most heavily produced trainer aircraft during the Pacific War, and the vast majority of Allied pilots-in-training logged hours in it. Variants of the T-6 were built around the world, including even a Japanese version codenamed "Oak".

The design was based on the NA-16, which first flew in April 1835. This was further developed with the NA-26 in 1937, which had retractable landing gear and an R-1340 Wasp engine. The BC-1 ("Basic Combat") trainer first flew in February 1938 and went into production for the Army Air Corps. The Navy asked for a metal fuselage version (BC-1A) and the Army and Navy versions were merged in the AT-6 of 1940.

References

Gunston (1988)

Wilson (1998)



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