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The Texan or “Harvard” if originally built for the UK, is an American designed aircraft used extensively as a single-engine advanced fighter trainer for military pilots transitioning from low powered primary trainers to high performance front line fighters.
This aircraft ‘G-TEXN’ was assembled in 1950 as a T-6G and served with the United Sates Air Force as an advanced trainer posted in both Texas and Florida.
Following military life the aircraft went into storage at the world famous military preservation compound in Tucson, Arizona before eventually being discharged for civilian life.
Today the aircraft is operated by a very experienced classic aircraft and warbird training academy and is based at the historic Goodwood Aerodrome in the south of England.
Pratt & Whitney R-1340-AN-1
813 Since complete overhaul
Hamilton Standard 12D40-6101/12
The aircraft is presented in the livery of 601 SQN / Y-HT which
consists of a silver base colour with yellow flashes.
TY91 Comm (8.33 kHz)
TT21 Transponder (Mode S)
USB powered charging ports
It's believed that G-TEXN's airframe was originally constructed
during the Second World War as an AT-6, but during the year
of 1950 some 1,800 airframes were taken aside to be remanufactured as T-6G's. This process included a number of
design improvements including an updated cockpit layout,
increased fuel capacity, a steerable tailwheel, updated radios
and a 600hp engine.
The aircraft was initially posted to the Air Training Command at
James Connelly Air Force Base, Texas, USA in the summer of
1951 and was assigned to the 3565th Basic Pilot Training Wing.
A month later it was moved over to a similar unit at the Bartow
Air Force Base in Florida where it stayed until the summer of
1956 when it was relocated to the Aerospace Maintenance and
Regeneration Group at the Davis-Monthan Air Force Base,
Tucson, Arizona for preservation and storage (aka the
Following its eventual discharge from Davis-Monthan, the
aircraft returned to Florida in 1963 to begin its civilian life. In
1965 the aircraft spent some time in Chicago before moving in
1976 to Virginia. But UK life beckoned, for in 1980 a UK
company based at Speke, Liverpool purchased the aircraft and
relocated it to England. The aircraft has since remained in the
UK and has most recently enjoyed life back as a training aircraft
based out of Goodwood Aerodrome and flying over the Sussex