North American T-6 Texan vs Beechcraft T-6 Texan II

FlyPast heads skywards in two Texans, old and new. Luke Bimm evaluates the experience

In 1941, when America joined World War Two, both the US and British military forces extensively operated variants of the same single-engine training aircraft. It was called the Texan/SNJ in US service, while in Britain and the Commonwealth it was named the Harvard. Eighty years on and once again both the United States and United Kingdom are operating variants of the same modern-day, single-engine training aircraft called the Texan II. FlyPast was fortunate enough to be invited to compare the original Texan with the latest Texan II.

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