Brief history

In the summer of 1938 the 109th Squadron of the Minnesota Air National Guard was assigned the BC-1A as a transition aircraft before flying the O-47. Re-designated the AT-6 it was again assigned after WW-II as an instrument trainer for pilots of both the 109th and 179th Squadrons of the Minnesota Air National Guard.

The North American Aviation T-6 Texan is a single engine advanced trainer used to train pilots of the United States Army Air Forces, United States Navy, Royal Air Force and other air forces during WW-II and into the 1950s. The T-6 was first flown on April 1, 1935, there were a total of 15,495 built. The aircraft was first known as the BC-1 when it first entered the USAAC. During the Korean War and to a lesser extent the Vietnam War T-6s were pressed into service as forward air control aircraft, these aircraft were designated T-6 “Mosquitos”. The T-6 is known by a variety of designations depending on the model and operating air force. The USAAC designated it as the “AT-6” the U.S. Navy the “SNJ” and British Commonwealth air forces the “Harvard”.



Cost: $27,000
Crew: 2
Length: 29 Feet
Wingspan: 42 Feet
Height: 11 Feet, 8 Inches
Engine: 1 Pratt & Whitney R-1340-AN-1 Wasp radial engine 600 HP
Maximum Speed: 208 MPH
Range: 730 Miles
Service Ceiling: 24,200 Feet
Armament: Provisions for up to 3 7.62 mm machine guns

Interesting Facts

The T-6 is a regular participant at airshows and was used in many movies such as “Tora Tora Tora” and “The Final Countdown” where the aircraft were converted to single seat T-6s and painted in Japanese markings to represent Mitsubishi Zeros. The Reno National Air Races also has a class specifically for the T-6. Also of interest is that the present day USAF trainer is also designated the T-6 Texan II built by Beechcraft.