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Iconic 'pilot-maker' marks 75 years in the skies (T-6 Texan)
AFP via yahoo ^ | October 11, 2013 | Robert MacPherson

Posted on 10/11/2013 12:20:46 PM PDT by EveningStar

Culpeper (United States) (AFP) - There was no mistaking the muscular roar of the big radial engine as the most famous trainer to come out of World War II soared above this rural Virginia town.

This year marks the 75th anniversary of the North American T-6 Texan, the big tandem-seat warbird in which countless pilots from dozens of countries honed their flying skills.

This weekend, some 30 Texans will set off from Culpeper, 70 miles (115 kilometers) outside Washington, and fly up the Potomac River, over the Pentagon and Arlington National Cemetery, to mark a unique aeronautical milestone.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: History; Military/Veterans
KEYWORDS: aerospace; aviation; pilotmaker; snj; t6; t6texan; texan; trainer; warbird

1 posted on 10/11/2013 12:20:46 PM PDT by EveningStar
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2 posted on 10/11/2013 12:23:05 PM PDT by EveningStar
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To: EveningStar

You will see those planes in a lot of war movies.


3 posted on 10/11/2013 12:26:56 PM PDT by Taft in '52
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To: EveningStar

Cool.

The T-6 Texan is one heck of a plane; even stood in for the Mitsubishi Zero in “Tora! Tora! Tora!”.

An iconic plane.


4 posted on 10/11/2013 12:26:58 PM PDT by AnAmericanAbroad (It's all bread and circuses for the future prey of the Morlocks.)
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To: EveningStar

Thanks EveningStar!

First flew in 1938

http://www.boeing.com/boeing/history/bna/t6.page


6 posted on 10/11/2013 12:34:00 PM PDT by Ready4Freddy
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To: EveningStar
T-6’s were also used in South Vietnam in 1957 to 59 as fighter bombers for close air support. They sported 4x50 cal guns and could drop two napalm canisters.
7 posted on 10/11/2013 12:37:40 PM PDT by Doc91678 (Doc91678)
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To: EveningStar

Conceived, designed and built - before computers. Good old brains did this.


8 posted on 10/11/2013 12:48:03 PM PDT by llevrok (Democrats are LAW-LESS because the GOP is Ball-Less)
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To: EveningStar

This is the plane my dad learned to fly in as a cadet at NAS Corpus Christi in 1942, and one he later flew in as an instructor pilot down in Pensacola...where one of his students was James Stockdale.


9 posted on 10/11/2013 12:49:55 PM PDT by Mrs.Liberty (Somewhere in Kenya AND Delaware, villages are missing idiots.)
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To: EveningStar

10 posted on 10/11/2013 1:34:26 PM PDT by Jaxter ("Pro Aris et Focis")
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To: Doc91678
T-6’s were also used in South Vietnam in 1957 to 59 as fighter bombers for close air support. They sported 4x50 cal guns and could drop two napalm canisters.

Sounds like the ideal configuration for a flight up the Potomac to D.C.

11 posted on 10/11/2013 1:47:50 PM PDT by Charles Martel (Endeavor to persevere...)
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To: EveningStar

This was the plain I had my first ride in as a Calif. CAP spotter in the back seat. This is were a young boy said” As G_d is my witness I will one day be a pilot”. And so years later with little money but joy in my heart I had my ATP Lic.


12 posted on 10/11/2013 2:15:46 PM PDT by lostboy61 (Only a little side trip,not the whole show)
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To: EveningStar

one of my neighbors has one he flies in here.
That big radial shakes the earth.
nice airplane noise.


13 posted on 10/11/2013 3:38:30 PM PDT by Joe Boucher ((FUBO) ( Hey Rubio, eat pooh pal))
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To: EveningStar
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My Dad (RAF 19 Sqn) with his Harvard at BFTS 4, Falcon Field, Arizona. 1943.

14 posted on 10/11/2013 8:18:46 PM PDT by ccmay (Too much Law; not enough Order.)
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And another pic of Dad, in the cockpit...

15 posted on 10/11/2013 8:35:39 PM PDT by ccmay (Too much Law; not enough Order.)
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To: Taft in '52
"You will see those planes in a lot of war movies."

And in this Pat Benatar video!

16 posted on 10/11/2013 8:44:04 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: ccmay

Video documentary on the RAF training school at Falcon Field:

http://vimeo.com/1665974


17 posted on 10/11/2013 8:49:37 PM PDT by ccmay (Too much Law; not enough Order.)
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To: Charles Martel

Now, now, now.....


18 posted on 10/12/2013 9:16:39 AM PDT by Doc91678 (Doc91678)
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To: Doc91678

Now? Yep, no time like the present.


19 posted on 10/12/2013 9:36:59 AM PDT by Charles Martel (Endeavor to persevere...)
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To: Charles Martel

That was mentioned as a caution. Do you want Homeland Security knocking down your door. Or do you want the IRS to audit your tax returns for the last 20 years?


20 posted on 10/12/2013 7:33:22 PM PDT by Doc91678 (Doc91678)
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To: EveningStar
Here's what my Dad learned in:

(A Boeing Stearman)

And here's what he flew in the war:

(An F-5, Photo Recon version of the P-38 Lightning)

21 posted on 10/13/2013 5:45:33 AM PDT by AnalogReigns (Real life is ANALOG!)
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