Relive the excitement of aviation’s past, by taking a flight in the plane that turned WWII Cadets into Pilots!
North American’s Texan was one of the most important aircraft to be developed during the 1930’s. As an advanced trainer, it featured retractable landing gear, increased power, and more sophisticated control surfaces, as well as .30 caliber machine guns and bomb rack fittings.
Through its career the AT-6, Harvard, or J-Bird served as a trainer for instrument flight, aerobatics, bombing, gunnery, and equipped with a tail hook, as an aircraft for carrier qualification.
In service for the United States for more than 20 years, the Texan was also used in combat zones, primarily in photography, scouting, and utility roles, with extensive use in Korea as a spotter aircraft.
Surpluses in great numbers after the war, and for prices as low as a few hundred dollars, the Texan has proven one of the more durable and popular warbird aircraft in the air, with more than 400 still airworthy in the United States alone.
The Museum’s Texan was built in 1943. It was the third Museum aircraft, donated to the organization in 1982.
Aircraft availability is subject to change, as weather, mechanical or other factors determine.