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BRAZILIAN AIR FORCE FAB * - BRAZILIAN AIR FORCE

26)NORTH AMERICAN T 6


The first aircraft acquired by Brazil was a batch of 30 A-27s, an attack version of  AT-6 for the Aviation of the Brazilian Army, in 1939, taking advantage of the acquisition, by Aviação Naval Brasileira, of 12 BT-9, the precursor of the AT-6 , still with 400 hp engine and fixed landing gear. However, from 1942, with the entry of Brazil in the Second World War, the arrival of massive batches of airplanes for the newly created Brazilian Air Force (FAB) began. Brazil operated a total of 448 copies of the T-6 / SNJ, 346 of which were aircraft from the United States in the 1940s, versions B, C, D and some were later converted to version G. Eighty-one aircraft were assembled by the company Construções Aeronáauticas S.A., also known as “Fábrica de Lagoa Santa”. 


That legendary airplane also was distinguished until late 70's when served as a demonstration squadron affectionately named Esquadrilha da Fumaça (Smoke Squadron)



One T 6 Texan with its load of 50 pound bomb underwing.



Aerial view of three T 6 Texan evolving over one of the famous postcards at Rio de Janeiro. The Sugar Loaf on top left.


Specifications:   


Dimensions: Span - 12.80m, length - 8.99m, height - 3.56m.   


Type: two-seat advanced trainer/dive bomber. 


Powerplant: one Pratt-&-Whitney R-1340-AN-1 Wasp engine. 600 HP


Performance: Max speed - 182 knots   


Crusing speed - 126 knots   


Operational range - 1014km   


Service ceiling - 24,000ft.   


Weights: empty - 1814kg, max takeoff - 2381kg.   


Armament: 2 * 0.5cm machine guns * 50kg bombs under the wings, or a single 0.303 machine gun with, 4 * 50kg bombs under the wings.   




The ramp and T-6 assembly line at Lagoa Santa.



Brazilian Air Force T -6 seen during bombing drill.


 

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