In 1937 North American won the Air Corp design competition to produce the new combat trainer that developed into the AT-6. The most universally used trainer in the allied air forces. Known as the AT-6 by the USAAF, the T-6 after 1948, was produced well into the 1950’s. Cadet training consisted of 26 weeks of pre-flight, 11 weeks primary training in the N3N and 22 weeks advanced training in the SNJ. Carrier landings, gunnery, bombing and rocket attack were completed and finally the reserve officer was moved to a combat training team.

The attack on Pearl Harbor found the Navy with only 4,000 combat pilots. By the end of the war there were 60,747 Navy aviators. Over 2,000 AT-6’s remained in service after WWII also serving abroad as the famous T-6F Harvard.This powerful trainer was very successful in preparing the pilots for fighter aircraft.

Purchased and restored in 1976 by Stan Hoefler, Yanks’ former curator.

DISPLAY STATUS COUNTRY OF ORIGIN CURRENT LOCATION
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PURPOSE & TYPE MATERIALS ERA & DATE RANGE
Trainer  Steel World War II
1939 – 1945
PRODUCTION &
ACQUISITION
SPECIFICATIONS SERVICE HISTORY
MFG: North American Aviation
First Produced: 1938
Number Built: 15,000 total; 1.357 SNG-5 Models
Armament: (1). 40 caliber forward firing machine gun, (1) .30 caliber machine gun in rear cockpit

Acquired by Yanks in 1976.

Wingspan: 42’
Wing Area: 253.7 sq ft
Length: 29’6”
Height: 11’9”
Empty Weight: 4,158 lbs
Gross Weight: 5,250 lbs
Powerplant: P/W R-1340 AN-1
Thrust:
Cruise Speed: 170 mph
Maximum Speed: 205 mph
Range: 750 miles
Delivered: Jan 29, 1944

1944 – VN 4D8
1944-45 – NART Barin Field, AL
Dec 1945 – In pool awaiting overhaul
1946 – NAS Pensacola, FL Storage Houma
1947-48 – Storage NAS Litchfield, AZ, PLA&R Pensacola, FL
1948 – NART Memphis, TN
1957 – Surplus at Litchfield, AZ
Stricken: Aug 26, 1957