SNJ-5 Airbase Arizona

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Wartime Mission: Trained several hundred thousand pilots in 34 countries. Named “the pilot maker” by its crews, it was a trainer aircraft with all the characteristics of a high-speed fighter with more maneuverability and easier handling. It was designed to give the best possible training in all types of tactics, from ground strafing to bombardment and aerial dog-fighting, and contained such versatile equipment as bomb racks, blind-flying instrumentation, gun and standard cameras, fixed and... Read more

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Airbase Arizona
Mesa, AZ

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SNJ-5 Specs
Role Trainer
Manufacturer North American Aviation
Introduced 1935
Power 1 × Pratt & Whitney R-1340-AN-1 Wasp radial engine, 600 hp
Length 29 ft
Height 11 ft 8 in
Wingspan 42 ft
Range 730 miles

Wartime Mission: Trained several hundred thousand pilots in 34 countries. Named “the pilot maker” by its crews, it was a trainer aircraft with all the characteristics of a high-speed fighter with more maneuverability and easier handling. It was designed to give the best possible training in all types of tactics, from ground strafing to bombardment and aerial dog-fighting, and contained such versatile equipment as bomb racks, blind-flying instrumentation, gun and standard cameras, fixed and flexible guns, and just about every other device that military pilots had to operate.

Today, the SNJ-T6 Texan established a unique racing class at the Reno National Air Races and is a regular participant at air shows. It’s made many movie appearances including Tora, Tora, Tora; A Bridge Too Far, and many more.

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