AT-6D Texan

Manufacturer:  North American Aviation
Model:  AT-6D Texan
Role:  Advanced Trainer
Year of Manufacture:  1942
Construction Number:  88-16477
USAAF Serial Number:  42-85696
Civil Registration Number:  N85696

Model Background:

The AT-6 Texan was used as an advanced training aircraft by the USAAF, USAF, US Navy, and US Marine Corps.  The Navy and Marine Corps referred to this aircraft as SNJ.  It was also used in many other countries as a training aircraft.

The Texan would have been the last trainer aircraft that a 1940s era pilot would fly before graduating to a figher aircraft or being sent to multi-engine school to learn how to fly bombers and transports.  The T-6 is equipped with retractable main landing gear, a variable pitched propellor, flaps, and a hydraulic system.

History of this Aircraft:

Military History
1942 Aircraft manufactured
29 July 1951 42-85696 was involved in a take off accident at Langley Air Force Base.
04 Sept 1953 42-85696 was ground looped during landing at Langley Air Force Base.
26 June 1957 42-85696 is sold to Sherman Chavoor from the Civilian Disposal Agent at Norton AFB, San Bernadino, California for $800.12.
Civilian History
1 August 1957 42-85696 is granted the civil registration of N2864D.
28 October 1964 N2864D is sold to Robert Miles of Sacramento, California for $1500.00.
28 September 1968 N2864D is sold to Ben Harrison of Seattle, Washington.
Late 1968 to summer 1975 Ben Harrison conducts a major restoration of the aircraft.  After more than 4,500 hours of work, the airplane returns to the sky in August 1975 in the colors of a Navy SNJ-3 instrument trainer.
2 May 1979 N2864D is sold to William Lamberton of Mercer Island, Washington.
11 October 1986 N2864D is sold to John Meyer of Seattle, Washington.
Winter 1987 A long gradual restoration begins that will ultimately return the aircraft to its factory condition.
March 2002 N2864D is sold to John Meyer’s friend Gary Allen and the restoration continues.
25 Febrary 2006 Gary takes his first flight in his newly re-registered N85696.
July 2008 N85696 was awarded “Best T-6” by EAA Warbirds of America for the 2008 AirVenture.
27 August 2008 N85696 is sold to Paul Ehlen of Minnesota.
May 2015 N85696 was placed on long term loan to WOTN