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.
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.
"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."