The AT-6 ""Texan"" advanced trainer, built by North American, is one of the most widely used aircraft in history. Also known as ""the pilot maker"", 15,495 Texans were built between 1938 and 1945. The U.S.A.A.F. procured 10,057 AT-6s; others went to the Navy as SNJs and to more than 30 Allied nations. Most AAF fighter pilots trained in AT-6s prior to graduation from flying school. Many of the ""Spitfire"" and ""Hurricane"" pilots in the Battle of Britain trained in Canada in ""Harvards,"" the British version of the AT-6. To comply with neutrality laws, U.S. built Harvards were flown north to the border and were pushed across.
In 1948, Texans still in USAF service were redesignated as T-6s. To meet an urgent need for close air support of ground forces in the Korean Conflict, T-6s flew ""mosquito missions"" spotting enemy troops and guns and marking them with smoke rockets for attack by fighter-bombers. More than 360 T-6s are still flying.
Please note, Aircraft Spruce's personnel are not certified aircraft mechanics and can only provide general support and ideas, which should not be relied upon or implemented in lieu of consulting an A&P or other qualified technician. Aircraft Spruce assumes no responsibility or liability for any issue or problem which may arise from any repair, modification or other work done from this knowledge base. Any product eligibility information provided here is based on general application guides and we recommend always referring to your specific aircraft parts manual, the parts manufacturer or consulting with a qualified mechanic.