So versatile is the T-6G trainer that it’s shown up in American war movies like “Tora! Tora! Tora!” dressed like a Japanese Zero. Long before its acting career, the T-6G in both the Korea and Vietnam as forward air control aircraft. And, yes, it was actually a trainer, too. In fact, it became the most widely used trainer of all time, answering the need for an economical aircraft that had all the characteristics of the fighter planes of its time. The U.S. Army Air Forces and the Navy relied heavily on the T-6G, as did the United Kingdom, well into the 50s. A high-flying, single-engine bulldog – some combat operations were conducted at 20,000 feet – the “Texan” was variously known as the Harvard or the Mosquito and recently evolved into the 21st century T-6 Texan II.
The T-6G flying proudly in the Lewis Air Legends squadron occupies a special place in history and in the hearts of the famed Tuskegee Airmen who flew her. The Lewis T-6G started life as AT-6C s/n 42-48884, went right from the factory to Tuskegee, Alabama, and spent her entire WWII career training the Airmen. She’s one of only two of the trainers still flying that were actually in the Tuskegee wing, the other residing at the Tuskegee Airmen National Historical Museum in Detroit, Michigan. Formally with the 332nd Fighter Group and the 477th Bombardment Group of the U.S. Army Air Corps, these were the first African-American airmen to become military pilots. Finally allowed to fight, they distinguished themselves in air battles over Europe.
|Max Speed||205 mph|
|Gross Weight||5,617 lbs|
|Power Plant||Pratt & Whitney R-1340-AN-1|
Up to 3 x .30 cal machine guns