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North American AT-6A Texan

North American AT-6A Texan

The AT-6 was used by the United States Army Air Forces, United States Navy and British Royal Air Force during World War II, to train pilots. The AT-6 aircraft were single-engine, low-wing monoplane trainer aircraft that allowed the student and instructor to sit in tandem and could be fitted with bomb racks and reconnaissance cameras for additional training. Today, these aircraft are popular for airshow demonstrations.

North American AT-6A Texan

Serial Number: 039

Manufacturer: North American Aviation

Crew: Two

Engines: One Pratt & Whitney R-1340-49 600 horsepower radial

Wingspan: 42 feet

Length: 29 feet

Height: 11 feet 9 inches

Weight: 3,900 pounds (empty); 5,700 pounds (loaded)

Speed: 210 mph at 5,000 feet

Range: 750 miles

Service Ceiling: 24,200 feet

Armament: Two 0.3-in (7.72mm) machine guns, 1 fixed, 1 trainable

Cost: $25,672

The AT-6A Texan at Hill Air Force Base

In the late 1940s, Hill Air Force Base performed repairs and modifications on the AT-6 aircraft and its components. By the late 1950s, Air Material Command and Hill Air Force Base oversaw phasing out of servicing several aircraft, including some AT-6 trainers.

The AT-6A displayed was constructed by an aircraft restoration firm at the request of the Aerospace Heritage Foundation of Utah, using parts acquired from several sources. In 1996, it was put onto permanent display at Hill Aerospace Museum.

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