Mastercraft Collection North American Navy Air Force AT-6A SNJ-3 Texan Navy Model Scale:1/32 Description
Product Description The SNJ Texan is a single-engine trainer aircraft that is easily recognizable around the world. Reaching operational speeds of over 200 mph, a ceiling higher than 20,000 feet, and a range of 750 miles, it is a very competent and highly efficient aircraft for test pilots. Although its design is quite basic, the SNJ Texan came equipped with modern digital instrument panels and configured forward and rear control positions that allowed the student and instructor to switch seats as needed. Its cockpit was the glazed canopy type, providing two seats where student and instructor sit in tandem. It saw action in different parts of the world during the majority of the Second World War as a trainer for a number of military branches. It trained thousands of pilots in fighter tactics and general flight, providing the war effort with talented fighter aircraft pilots. Optional armament was also available for the SNJ Texan as it is possible to equip it with two forward-fixed 7.62mm machine guns. Its outstanding thrust-to-weight ratio also allowed the aircraft to perform aerobatic maneuvers. From the Manufacturer The T-6 Texan is a single-engine advanced trainer aircraft used to train fighter pilots of the United States Army Air Forces, United States Navy, Royal Air Force and other air forces of the British Commonwealth during World War II. The T-6 is known by a variety of designations depending on the model and operating air force such as the ‘AT-6’, the ‘SNJ’ and ‘Harvard’. The T-6 originates from the North American NA-16 prototype which was first sloen on April 1, 1935. The T-6 originated from the American NA-16 prototype which was modified as the NA-26 and entered USAC ‘Basic Combat’ aircraft competition in March 1937. Production of the first model began and there were 180 supplied to the USAAC as the BC-1 and 400 to the RAF as the Harvard I. The US Navy received 16 modified aircraft, designated as the SNJ-1, and the 61 as the SNJ-2 with a different engine. The AT-6, which was equivalent to the BC-1A was designated as the Harvard II for RAF/RCAF orders and 1,173 were supplied by purchase or Lend Lease, mostly operating in Canada. Next comes the AT-6A, based on the NA-77 design powered by Pratt & Whitney R-1340-49 Wasp radial engine. The USAAF received 1,549 and the US Navy 270 (as the SNJ-3). It has a maximum speed of 208 mph at 5,000 ft and a range of 730 miles. The Texans were put into service during the Korean War and the Vietnam War. Texans had also been a regular participant in air shows and was used in many movies.