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AT-6B Texan

Serial Number 41-17372

 

The North American AT-6 Texan was one of the most widely used advanced pilot trainers of World War II. AT-6 production began in 1939 and continued until 1944. The AT-6 was a modern cantilever monoplane that incorporated the complexities of a fighter into the relative stability of a trainer. As World War II intensified, so did the demand for the AT-6.   The Texan was quickly tasked with new training missions, such as gunnery, navigation, and reconnaissance. After World War II, the AT-6 was retasked for the Korean War, flying 40,354 “Mosquito Missions” to spot and mark enemy targets. In the mid-1950s, AT-6s were assigned to National Guard units before retirement. Today, many AT-6 variants are flown by civilians, a “Warbird” favorite at air shows and fly-ins.

HISTORY

Manufactured by North American Aviation, Dallas TX and received by the USAAF on 27 May 1942.


May 1942 --To AAF Single-Engine Flying Training School (Air Training Command), Luke AAF AZ


Apr 1944 --To 3026th AAF Base Unit (Single-Engine Advanced Pilot School, ATC), Mercer AAF CA


Jun 1944 -- To 3008th AAF Base Unit (Technical School, ATC), Minter AAF CA


Oct 1945 -- To Ontario CA and disposed as surplus

 

SPECIFICATIONS 
Cost: $27,000 each
Crew: 1-2
Wingspan: 42 ft. 0 in.
Length: 29 ft 0 in
Height: 11 ft. 8 in.
Wing Area: 253.7 sq. ft.
Weight: empty: 4,158 lb, loaded max. 5,617 lb
Speed: Cruise-145 mph.; Max-208 mph. @ 5,000 ft.
Service Ceiling: 24,200 ft.
Engine: Pratt & Whitney R-1340
Range: 730 miles
Engines: 1-Pratt & Whitney R-1340 Wasp radial (600 h.p.)
Fuel: 110 gal.
Armament: None; could be modified with up to three
.30 calo, Machine guns and wing pylons.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This aircraft is on loan to the Chanute Air Museum from the National Museum of the United States Air Force.

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