North American AT-6 Texan

in Paraguayan Air Force Service

History

A total of some 48 examples of various versions obtained from several sources between 1943 and 1980. Three AT-6C delivered in 1943 and subsequently reserialled. One AT-6D obtained from Brazil in 1962, followed by 28 more AT-6D/T-6G between 1972 and 1975. Ten from South Africa plus seven directly from storage that did not see SAAF service, 1979-80. Eighteen sold in the USA to private owners during 1991. Two aircraft retained for FAP Historic Flight. Used by various units.

Initially the serials used just odd numbers, but in 1979-1980 some renumbering took place to fill in the gaps.

Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
78 88-11133 41-32778 16.2.1943 later became FAP 0101(1), (AT-6C)
79 88-11134 41-32779 16.2.1943 later became FAP 0103(1), (AT-6C)
80 88-11135 41-32780 16.2.1943 later became FAP 0105(1), (AT-6C)
0101(1) 88-11133 41-32778, FAP 78 1943 wfu 1962, (AT-6C)
0101(2) 88-17125 42-85344, FAB 1633 1962 wfu 1972, (AT-6D), to N3173L Oct 1991 with c/n ‘413279’
0101(3) 88-13067 BuNo 27611, SAAF no service 1979 wfu 1991, (SNJ-4/T-6D) not N7437C so c/n dubious
0102 78-7040 41-16662, BuNo 01897, SAAF no service 1979 sold as N3171A Oct 1991, to VH-MDP, (AT-6A/T-6D)
0103(1) 88-11134 41-32779, FAP 79 1943 wfu 1972, (AT-6C)
0103(2) 1LS5/9 n/a, FAB 1560 1972 wfu 1977, (AT-6D)
0103(3) 78-7095 41-16717, NC67374, SAAF no service 1979 wfu 1987, sold as N61167 June 1991, to VH-MWT, (AT-6A/T-6D)
0104 88-16095 42-84314, SAAF no service 1979 sold as N3173N Oct 1991 with c/n ‘7093’, (AT-6D)
0105(1) 88-11135 41-32780, FAP 80 n/a wfu 1972, (AT-6C)
0105(2) 88-17327 42-85546, FAB 1635 1972 wfu 1980, (AT-6D/T-6G)
0105(3) 1LS8/5 n/a, FAB 1586, FAP 0157 1980 wfu 1985, (AT-6D)
0105(4) 88-9856 BuNo 10132, FAB 1461, FAP 0145 19?? wfu 19??, Preserved Capiata Academy 2011, (SNJ-4/T-6D)
0106 78-7094 41-16716, NC69367, SAAF no service 1979 wfu 1988, sold as N6069H June 1991, to VH-WWA, (AT-6A/T-6D)
0107(1) 1LS7/5 n/a, FAB 1576 1972 wfu 1979, (AT-6D/T-6G)
0107(2) 88-14274 42-44371, FAB 1298, FAP 0127 1980 wfu 1988,sold as N3171H Oct 1991 with c/n ‘412223’, to VH-YPY, (AT-6C/T-6G)
0108 88-12420 BuNo 27320, FAB 1469, FAP 0133 1980 wfu 1987, sold as N3171K Oct 1991 with c/n ‘412227’, to VH-TOA, (SNJ-4/T-6D)
0109(1) 78-6004 BuNo 6877, FAB 1412 1972 w/o 1978, (SNJ-3/T-6D)
0109(2) 84-7500 41-17122, SAAF no service 1979 wfu 1987, sold as N3171N Oct 1991, to VH-DGP, (AT-6B/T-6D)
0110 88-9039 BuNo 05532, FAB 1428, FAP 0149 1980 wfu 1989, (SNJ-4/T-6G)
0111(1) 88-13616 42-44030, FAB 1282 1972 crashed on 13.11.1973, (AT-6C/T-6G)
0111(2) 88-9352 BuNo 09837, SAAF, FAP 0148 1979 wfu 1989, sold as N3172N Oct 1991 with c/n ‘417210’, to VH-NAG, (SNJ-4/T-6G)
0112 84-7567 41-17189, FAB 1467, FAP 0151 1980 wfu 1988, (AT-6B/T-6G)
0113(1) 84-7528 41-17150, FAB 1464 1972 w/o 1979 (AT-6B/T-6G)
0113(2) 1LS5/6 n/a, FAB 1557, FAP 0153 1980 wfu 1985, (AT-6D/T-6G)
0114 1LS7/7 n/a, FAB 1578, FAP 0155 1980 wfu 1986, (AT-6D/T-6G)
0115(1) 88-14563 42-44475, FAB 84/1306 1974 wfu 1980, (AT-6D/T-6G)
0115(2) SA-052 n/a, SAAF 7705 1980 wfu 1991, (T-6G)
0116 SA-058 n/a, SAAF 7708 1980 crashed on 19.2.1987, sold as N3171P Oct 1991 with c/n ‘7320’, (T-6G)
0117(1) S6-04 n/a, FAB 1565 1974 wfu 1980, (AT-6D)
0117(2) SA-061 n/a, SAAF 7709 1980 wfu 1991, sold as N97FP in July 1991 with c/n ‘7690’, (T-6G)
0118 SA-062 n/a, SAAF 7710 1980 wfu 1991, sold as N98FP in 1991 with c/n ‘7695’, (T-6G)
0119(1) 1LS2/4 n/a, FAB 1389 1974 wfu, (AT-6D)
0119(2) SA-055 n/a, SAAF 7700 1980 preserved at Asuncion, (T-6G)
0120 SA-063 n/a, SAAF 7711 1980 crashed on 25.1.1985 (T-6G)
0121(1) 1LS1/1 n/a, FAB 1382 1974 wfu 1980, (AT-6D)
0121(2) SA-066 n/a, SAAF 7714 1980 wfu 1989 (T-6G)
0122 SA-067 n/a, SAAF 7715 1980 wfu 1988 (T-6G)
0123(1) 88-14568 42-44480, FAB 89/1311 1974 wfu 1980, (AT-6D/T-6G)
0123(2) SA-053 n/a, SAAF 7706 1980 preserved at Nhú-Guazú (T-6G)
0124 SA-057 n/a, SAAF 7699 1980 wfu 1991, (T-6G)
0125 88-14276 42-44373, FAB 78/1300 1974 wfu 1982,(AT-6C/T-6G)
0127 88-14274 42-44371, FAB 76/1298 1974 reserialled as FAP 0107 in 1980, (AT-6C/T-6G)
0129 88-9747 BuNo 10063, FAB 1398 1974 Gate guardian at Nú-Guazú, (SNJ-4/T-6G)
0131 121-43149 BuNo 112295, FAB 1717 1975 wfu 1984, (SNJ-6/T-6G)
0133 88-12420 BuNo 27320, FAB 1469 n/a reserialled as FAP 0108 in 1980, (SNJ-4/T-6D)
0135 1LS7/8 n/a, FAB 1579 1975 wfu 1986, (AT-6D)
0137 78-6092 BuNo 6905, FAB 1405 1975 crashed on 2.6.1978, (SNJ-3/T-6D)
0139 78-7011 41-16033, FAB 1414 1975 wfu 1986, (AT-6A/T-6D)
0141 1LS8/10 n/a, FAB 1591 1975 wfu 1987, (AT-6D)
0143(1) 1LS2/3 n/a, FAB 1388 1975 wfu 1986, sold as N3172J Oct 1991 with c/n ‘417250’, (AT-6D)
0145 88-9856 BuNo 10132, FAB 1461 1975 reserialled as FAP 0105(2) in 1980, (SNJ-4/T-6D)
0147 168-306 49-3202, FAB 1658 1975 wfu 1981, sold as N3172M Oct 1991 with c/n ‘417233’, (T-6G)
0148 88-9352 BuNo 9837, SAAF no service 1979 reserialled as FAP 0111 in 1979, (T-6G)
0149 88-9039 BuNo 5532, FAB 1428 n/a reserialled as FAP 0110 in 1980, (T-6G)
0151 84-7567 41-17189, FAB 1467 n/a reserialled as FAP 0112 in 1980, (T-6G)
0153 S5-06 n/a, FAB 1557 n/a reserialled as FAP 0113(2) in 1980, (T-6G)
0155 S7-07 n/a, FAB 1578 n/a reserialled as FAP 0114 in 1980, (T-6G)
0157 S8-05 n/a, FAB 1586 n/a reserialled as FAP 0105(3) in 1980, (AT-6D)


Pictures

T-6G 0129 seen preserved in April 2000.
(photo, Jim Newton)
T-6 ‘2’ seen at Ñu-Guazú in October 2005.
(photo, Hélio Higuchi)
T-6 0129 as it appeared in October 2005.
(photo, Hélio Higuchi)


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References

Other Sources

  • Texans and Harvards in Latin America (Dan Hagedorn)