North American T-6 Texan / SNJ / Harvard
1935
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North American T-6 Texan / SNJ / Harvard

The first prototype NA-16 flew in April 1935. A total of about 17000 aircraft were built

AT-6


Specification 
 MODELSNJ-5
 CREW2
 ENGINE1 x Pratt-Whitney R-1340-AN-1, 410kW
 WEIGHTS
    Take-off weight2404 kg5300 lb
    Empty weight1886 kg4158 lb
 DIMENSIONS
    Wingspan12.81 m42 ft 0 in
    Length8.99 m30 ft 6 in
    Height3.58 m12 ft 9 in
    Wing area23.57 m2253.71 sq ft
 PERFORMANCE
    Max. speed330 km/h205 mph
    Ceiling6555 m21500 ft
    Range1200 km746 miles

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North American T-6 Texan / SNJ / HarvardA three-view drawing (674 x 878)

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Alfred J. D'Amario, 19.08.2013

In class 51H, I flew the t-6D for about 30 hours at Goodfellow AFB, Texas and then transitioned into the T-6G, the Yellow Peril. We heard stories of student crashes in the G model at other bases, with no known cause except "pilot error". Practicing spins (solo) in a G model, I encountered a problem but recovered. After repeating the spin and encountering the same problem, and recovering, I asked my instructor to ride with me to see what the problem was. On that flight, we entered a spin (intentionally) and the rudder and elevator controls locked together. It took all the strength of both of us to free the controls and recover. After landing, it was found that the rudder and elevator controls could lock together in a spin, making recovery difficult or impossible. The problem was corrected and no farther crashes were reported. I continued on with about another 110 hours in the T-6 at Goodfellow. Then, I went to Craig AFB for advanced training and got another 70 hours in the T-6G. I had no problems but my instructor forgot to lock the tail wheel and ground-looped his airplane one day. All of that was in 1951.
I never flew the T-6 again until 2009. I was 79 years old and got a one hour flight in a War Bird T-6 at Kissimmee, Florida. At that age I wasn't too sure how I would respond to aerobatics. Knowing I was a retired Air Force pilot, the pilot gave me the stick right after takeoff. In the hour that followed, I flew that Terrible Texan through rolls and loops with no problem at all. I handled 3 Gs with no problem
The T-6 was a great airplane, subject to ground-loops if you weren't careful, but otherwise a delight to fly.

Ratch, 15.08.2013

Also flew the G model at Greenville and Willy Air Patch. Went to Korea in the T-6 as the last truce started. We had a mixture of former P 51 pilots and young new 2nd Lts' relieving each other on patrol each day. This exchange often turn into mini dog fights for a few minutes. I learned more about fighter tactics from those old pros that year then I did in the rest of my career.

Julio Torres, 10.07.2013

Great memories of my training on T-6G at the Venezuelan Air Force Academy 1958-59 The aircraft (E-98) I flew on my first solo I see it almost every day as it was placed at the roof of the Transport Museum of Caracas, located at one of the main avenues of the city

Julio Torres, 10.07.2013

Great memories of my training on T-6G at the Venezuelan Air Force Academy 1958-59 The aircraft (E-98) I flew on my first solo I see it almost every day as it was placed at the roof of the Transport Museum of Caracas, located at one of the main avenues of the city

LT. COL. JCK STOLLY, 26.02.2013

I WAS AN AVIATION CADET IN 1948-49 IN CLASS 49=B MUCH TO OUR SHOCK ,IN JUNE 1948, WE WERE TOLD THAT WE WERE GOING LEARN TO FLY IN THE T-6. WE WERE ABOUT THE SECOND POST WAR CLASS IN THE NEW AIR FORCE. AFTER 8 MONTHS IN THE T=6 WE WENT ON TO ADVANCED FLYING THE F-51 MUSTANG, F-80 AND THE B-25, ALL AS CADETS. 49-B GOT THEIR WINGS AND COMMISSIONS ON 1 JULY, 1949.

Bill Smith, 10.01.2013

This wonderful aircraft will always have a spot in my heart for being so forgivable! I cut my infant flying teeth on this wonderful bird. I'll never forget the acrobatics, the crosswind landings, and the open cockpit with the air flowing around the cockpit. My very first carrier landing was with this machine. I have no idea how we did it, but this one gave me my initiation into carrier flight ops. You've not lived until you've had a deck run with this bird. Great memories!

Chuck, 10.11.2012

My Father trained in an "SNJ" at Corpus Christy TX. In 1943. Later he would become an Aircraft Carrier Pilot and Ace, with the F6F-3.

Leo Simons, 26.08.2012

Primary Training at Bartow Air Base.USAF pilot training Class 54F. Instructor Howard S.Goodman. My instructor flew bombers in Europe during the was. He was simply the best and got me to graduate with flying grades above average on the T6G-Harvard. The best training aircraft ever. I think. Even instrument flying on the T6 - needle,ball and airspeed was fun. Aerobatics not easy but great, What an airplane.

Zippo, 25.08.2012

The T-6 it was an a famous aircraft. Least, a three quarters of all pilots of most air forces have a flow. In the advanced countries it was used like primary trainer, or adavanced trainer, in the Third World countries was used like advanced trainer or low-cost fighter. It entered servie in 1935 but in 1990 still in flight with other air forces. In the words of varios pilots, they are tell that the aircraft itīs manoureable, easy to flew and donīt need a costfull manteinance.

Tamara Majkrzak, 15.08.2012

Not sure what aircraft my dad was qualified on but he completed carrier qualifaication 9/18/1953 on Barin Field, Folry, Alabama. Just wanted to submit to see if anyone knew him. Frank Reese Pound Jr. from Cocoa, Fla. He passed away March 26, 2012...found old photo of this event.

Frank Smith, 27.07.2012

Class 55H at Spence AB, Moultre, Ga. Flew PA-18 and T-6. Instructor was David Spears. Once you were trained to land a T-6, you could handle any airplane on landing. Great thing about Spence was the president of Hawthorn School Aviation, Beverly "Bevo" Howard who put on an air show for every graduating class. If you are not familiar with Him. look him up...you'll be impressed.

Joe West, 26.06.2012

Blieve it or not!100 combat missions in the T-6 IN Korea.as airborneForward airController{Mosquito.} with 32 smoke rockets and lots of radio gear.DFC, Air Medal,2 oak leaf clusters.

Jack Sullivan, 17.06.2012

Brings back fond memeories of yesterday. I was an instucto at Barin Field in 1945 and 1946 and flew over 1,000 hours in the SNJ. Taught combat flying and loved it. Durin Korea I flew F2h-2 Banshees and used to pray for migs to show up so I could go to work. In Viet Nam I headed the greatest AIMD the Navy ever had and for any of you readers that attempted, or trapped in the Catapult my maintenance crew built in the O'Club a t Cubi drop me a line Sully

R Thaiss, 08.03.2012

In 1936 North American developed the BT-9 whuch had the same profile as the AT-6 excep that the landing gears were fixed.

Adrienne Camfield, 05.03.2012

Any idea what a 1946 T6 Texan Trainer looked like? I need the original art if at all possible.

Frank Russell, 12.01.2012

I trained on Harvards and instructed on them without having any mechanical failures.A really great aircaft and a joy to fly!

Ralph Alshouse, 30.11.2011

In mid 1943 the Navy was still building Whiting field near NAS Pensacola. We were flying SNJs and learning fast. We used the short runways while the Navy was extending them. Still remember a fellow cadet had engine trouble taking off, he plowed into a bull dozer and exploded, trapped in his plane with a open mic. It made all of us think much better after that.

J. Yates, 20.10.2011

My Dad (Pappy Yates)was a T-6 mechanic at Foster Field & Matagorda Island during WWII. His picture is in the AAF musuem in Victoria.

Rick Smith, 21.09.2011

I flew both the T-6D and G (class 52-D).
My memory of the D model is not a good one. We had 3 deaths due to no spin recovery. It was grounded until they discovered the cause.
On the D model, in order to taxi, you had to push the stick forward to disengage the pin that held the tailwheel in place. Turns out the pin was sticking and the pilots could not push the stick forward to recover from the spin. All the pins were inspected and routinely lubricated and checked after that.
However, the T-6 was a fun aircraft. I used to get red eyes from inverted spin recoveries. I blew several hay stacks over on a low level flight and the farmer got my tail number. Fortunately, my instructor (Capt. Robert E. Lee) told the stage commander that he had assigned me a low level mission. I spent several weeks working with the farmer stacking hay as a result. Capt. Lee got a fifth of scotch.

J. William Love, Jr., 28.07.2011

I flew the T-6 in basic training Class 52-B at Greenville AFB MS. Great memories. I had a great instructor named Mr. Lucie. Fortunately, he was a very patient man. Most of our instructors were local area crop dusters, and really good pilots. Any other members of the 52-B class out there?

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