Skip to comments.Iconic 'pilot-maker' marks 75 years in the skies (T-6 Texan)
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.
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You will see those planes in a lot of war movies.
The T-6 Texan is one heck of a plane; even stood in for the Mitsubishi Zero in “Tora! Tora! Tora!”.
An iconic plane.
First flew in 1938
Conceived, designed and built - before computers. Good old brains did this.
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.
Sounds like the ideal configuration for a flight up the Potomac to D.C.
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.
one of my neighbors has one he flies in here.
That big radial shakes the earth.
nice airplane noise.
Video documentary on the RAF training school at Falcon Field:
Now, now, now.....
Now? Yep, no time like the present.
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?
(A Boeing Stearman)
And here's what he flew in the war:
(An F-5, Photo Recon version of the P-38 Lightning)
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