Friday, January 21, 2011

North American T6-C/D / T-6G Texan Venezuelan Style.

The North American T-6 Texan was known as "the pilot maker" because of its important role in preparing pilots for combat. Derived from the 1935 N. American NA-16 prototype, a cantilever low-wing monoplane, the Texan filled the need for basic combat trainer during WWII and Beyond.

Between 1941 and 1945, Venezuela received 6 AT-6C and 14 AT-6D which played an important role in national defense at the time of the Second World War. Several of these aircraft were artillery rounds from 7.62 and small loads for coastal patrol aircraft along with other Venezuelan Military Aviation.

Although the US retired the AT-6 from active duty by the end of the 1950's, several nations, including Brazil, China, and Venezuela, utilized "the pilot maker" as their basic trainer well into the 1970's. Today aver 350 T-6 Texans remain in airworthy condition.
During 1946, the Canadian Car and Foundry company developed the Harvard MkIV trainer to the specifications of the AT-6G and produced 285 T-6J under the same design for the USAF Mutual Aid Program. Designated the T-6G, the Texan saw major improvements in increased fuel capacity, an improved cockpit layout, as well as a steerable tail wheel.

On November 03, 1946 the Venezuelan Air Force reached 12 T-6G Texan U.S, brought ona flight from Los Angeles California, to the Air Base Boca de Rio, shipping longer fulfilled by the Venezuelan Air Force to date. Were assigned to the Military Aviation School for training of cadets. These noble apparatus gave way to the t-34 A Mentor and jet Provost Mk.52, being trensferred to No.12 Figther Air Group in 1963 where he met anti-guerrilla missions until it ended its operational life in 1972.

-Function: Basic Training Plane

-Source: United States.
-Crew: Pilot and Student
-Dimensions: Length: 8.83m, Wingspan:12.81m, Height: 3.57m
-Weights: Empty: 1823Kg, Maximum takeoff: 2381Kg.
-Power Plant: One Pratt&Whitney radial engine R-1340-49 Wasp of 600 hp.
-Perfomance: Maximum speed:338Km/h, Cruising speed: 233Km/h, Maximum range: 1191Km; Ceiling: 7400m.
-Armament: Two hard points on each wing for unguided rockets and .30 caliber machine gun pod.

The Kit used was Monogram 5306 in 1:48 scale.
Decal from Aztec Models.

Colors: AlcladII Aluminium (ALC 101), White Aluminium (ALC 106)
Tamiya colors: Flat Black, Red, Blue, Yellow, Dark Yellow, Khaki.
Model Master Colors: Interior Green, Stell and Gunmetal.

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