The reliable Texan was the Allies most widely used advanced trainer during World War II and has operated in the service of 33 different nations. First production models appeared in the U.S. in 1940, designated as AT-6 for the U.S. Army Air Corp, and SNJ for the U.S. Navy. The Texan, primarily used as a trainer, had the weight and feel of a small fighter. It also saw combat duty in WW II and Korea targeting strike sites for fighter-bombers. Manufactured by North American Aviation, Inc., the Texan had a 600 hp, 9 cylinder radial engine, wing span of 42 ft., length of 29 ft. 6 in., max. T/O weight of 5,617 lbs., and max. speed of 208 mph. Popular with private pilots because of its rugged construction and easy maintenance, the Texan can still be seen regularly at air shows and fly-ins.
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