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U.S. Air Force
North American T-6
|Dimensions||29'6" by 42' by 11'8"
8.99m by 12.80m by 3.56m
|Maximum speed||208 mph
|Service ceiling||21,500 feet
|Power plant||1 550 hp (410 kW) Pratt and Whitney R-1340-AN1 radial engine driving a two bladed propeller.|
machine guns in one or both wing roots
or the rear cockpit.
|External stores||Light bombs for training purposes|
|Production||15,109 by North American and 2610 by Noorduyn of Canada (1938-1945)|
||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
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