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Volume 9, Number 3 July 29, 2008     

T-6 Texans set to mark 70th
By Barbara A. Schmitz

Sixty to 80 North American T-6 Texans be in Oshkosh to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the World War II advanced trainer. Airplanes and pilots began flying in the daily air show Monday, and more are expected to arrive throughout the week and be on display.

About 19,000 T-6s were built between the United States and Canada, and more than 1,000 are still flying today. Variations of the type—T-6, SNJ, and the Harvard—launched thousands of American and Canadian cadets on their flying careers.

Leonard "Stoney" Stonich, president of the North American Trainer Association, said every fighter pilot that flew for the United States and a lot of fighter pilots from allied countries had to fly the T-6 or one of its derivatives before they could get in a fighter.

If you could fly the Texan, you could fly anything in World War II."

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