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Harvard MKII Mediterranean Theater of Operations, 1944
General Background
The T-6 trainer was one of the most important aircrafts of all time. It was used by 34 countries with a total of 17,096 built. An estimation of over 100,000 U.S. military pilots flew these aircraft.

It was in late 1930's North American Aviation began to deliver the T-6 Texan for the USAAF and the SNJ version for the USN. The Texan got its name because of production in the Dallas, Texas plant of North America. It was known as the "Harvard" for those built in Canada.

Though basically built as a trainer aircraft, the T-6 was used in multiple roles include interceptor, fighter bomber and counter-insurgency (COIN) aircraft during the conflicts of WWII, the Korea War and the Vietnam War. It was also extensively used by the civilians for different purposes.Despite all these, T-6 was still best known as a universal trainer - the Pilot Maker.
The Aircraft
The first Harvard MkII used by the RCAF was delivered to Camp Borden in the summer of 1940. It was an anglicized version of the AT-6A (American Harvard), the differences were the lengthened exhaust stack, a fixed rear canopy section, the instrument panel was altered and the control column was in the British style. The MkII was also fitted with the capability to hold a .303 calibre air operated machine gun on the starboard wing and a cine-camera in the port wing, with a gun-sight for the front cockpit. The plane was equipped with hardpoints under the wings in order to carry 8 practice bombs. The N.A. Harvard Mk.II was one of the most important single engine training aircraft of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan.
Specifications :
Manufacturer: North American Aviation
Purpose: Originally an Advanced Trainer
Powerplant: 600 HP Pratt and Whitney R-1340-AN-1


29 ft.  6 in.
Wing Span: 42 ft.
Height: 11 ft. 9 in.
Maximum Speed: 205 MPH
Cruising Speed: 170 MPH
Service Ceiling: 21,500 ft.
Range: 750 mi.
Weight: Empty 4,158 lb. / Maximum 5,300 lb.
Average Fuel Consumption:

30 GPH

Armament: Allowance made for 1 x 0.30 in. (7.62 mm) Machine Gun