North American Harvard T-6G Military Trainer
The North American T-6G was conceived in the early 1930's as a Basic Combat aircraft, the main user prior to WW2 was the RAF who received 400 of the 580 aircraft initially produced and operated them as the Harvard I, the remaining aircraft went to the American armed forces as the Texan, it was only later that the aircraft evolved into one of the best known WW2 Allied training aircraft. During WW2 Noorduyn Aviation built 1,500 aircraft under licence for use by allied commonwealth air-forces and navy's, a total of over 15,000 Texan/Harvards were produced, many were heavily updated to extend their service life.
After the end of WW2 many Texans and harvards were used in their originally designed combat role by several countries. The RAF used some of it's Harvards in the 1950's against the Mau Mau in Kenya, the aircraft were fitted with machine guns and wing mounted 20lb bombs. France operated the North American T-6G armed with machine guns, bombs and rockets in a counter insurgency role in the Algerian War of Independence in the mid to late 1950's. Portugal used several hundred North American Harvard T-6G in a counter insurgency role during the Portuguese Colonial War between 1961 and 1974.
|North American Harvard T-6G Specifications: |
- Crew: instructor and student pilot
- Length: 29 ft (8.84 m)
- Wingspan: 42 ft (12.81 m)
- Height: 11 ft 8 in (3.57 m)
- Empty weight: 4,158 lb (1,886 kg)
- Loaded weight: 5,617 lb (2,548 kg)
- Engine: Single 600 hp (450 kW) Pratt & Whitney R-1340-AN-1 Wasp radial engine
- Maximum speed: 208 mph at 5,000 ft (335 km/h at 1,500 m)
- Cruise speed: 145 mph (233 km/h)
- Range: 730 miles (1,175 km)
- Maximum service ceiling: 24,200 ft (7,400 m)
North American Harvard T-6G Armament:
- Machineguns: Up to three 0.30 in (7.62 mm) machine guns could be optionally fitted
- Conversions took place on some aircraft to allow Bombs and Rockets to be carried
It is of note that the RAF still operated a single one of it's 1945 Harvard IIB aircraft (KF183) at Boscombe Down until the late 1990's, the Harvard's low stall speed made it an excellent photographic chase plane for helicopter test flights.
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