by Linda Burdette, Feature Article Editor
Imagine yourself as a young person during World War II. Your dream is to join the “fly-boys” and you’ve been working on that dream. You’ve already had your basic training in an aircraft with the BT label (BT = Basic Trainer) and now you’re ready for the Advanced Trainer. You arrive at a small airport in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, wearing your best leather jacket and carrying your goggles (got to look the part, don’t you know?) You are continuing your flight training in one of the “Yellow Horde” – an AT-6 Texan-Harvard. The first thing that strikes you about the plane is its distinctive mustard yellow fuselage. Because this is a training plane, it needs to make a point of standing out. After all, as a
trainer plane, the last thing you want is to be mistaken for a combat machine by people on the ground. “The Pilot Maker” is one of the more
printable nicknames you’ve heard for the AT-6 Texan by student pilots who trained on it. It is a twin-seat trainer with a completely enclosed glass canopy, a tall body and low-set rectangular wings, student in front, instructor in the rear.
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Thu, December 30, 2010