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Sk.16 Harvard Swedish Air Force
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
In 1947 a pattern aircraft of the North American NA-16 was delivered to ASJA, the aircraft department of AB Svenska Järnvägsverkstäderna or Swedish Railway Workshops Limited. The Swedish designation for the new aircraft became SK-14 to be used as an advanced trainer for the Swedish AF. For the next 10 years these aircraft were the primary training aircraft but the need for a more advanced trainer became evident. They needed an aircraft with retractable landing gear, variable-pitch prop and a larger engine. The solution came when the Swedish AF purchased 257 Harvard IIB also known as the Noorduyn AT-16ND. The new aircraft were given the Swedish designation SK 16 numbered 16001-16145 with the majority of them going to the Air Force Flight Academy (F 5) at Ljungbyhed. The aircraft were in service until 1972.
Specifications :
Crew: 2 X pilot, co-pilot radio/operator


Length: 29 ft (8.84 m)
Wing Span: 42 ft (12.81 m)
Height: 11 ft 8 in (3.57 m)
Wing area: 253.7 ft2 (23.6 m2)
Weight: 750 mi.
Empty weight: 4,158 lb (1,886 kg)
Loaded weight: 5,617 lb (2,548 kg)


Powerplant: 1× Pratt & Whitney R-1340-AN-1 Wasp radial engine, 600 hp (450 kW)


Maximum speed: 208 mph at 5,000 ft (335 km/h at 1,500 m)
Cruise speed: 145 mph (233 km/h)
Range: 730 miles (1,175 km)
Service ceiling: 24,200 ft (7,400 m)


6 under-wing racks with triple rocket launchers and two .30 caliber machine gun pods or light bombs