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T-6G, F-AZAU

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T-6G, F-AZAU

© Jean-Pierre Touzeau
© Jean-Pierre Touzeau

American-designed two-seater tandem trainer aircraft, the T-6 prototype first flew in 1935. The T-6 is fitted with a Pratt & Whitney Wasp R-1340 500 hp star engine, later increased to 600 and even 650 hp.

This training aircraft was subsequently deployed as an air support aircraft, liaison aircraft, reconnaissance aircraft … Thus, France used it for the training of its pilots and engaged 450 examples in the Algerian conflict.

The F-AZAU was manufactured in the United States during World War II and was later registered in the United States Civil Register. In 1951, it was returned to its manufacturer to be brought up to the T-6G standard (s / n ° 182-800; registration number 51-15 113).
In 1952, it was bought by the US Air Force for deployment in Korea. In 1956, it was bought by France as part of a lot to be sent to Algeria. Eventually, it escaped the fighting thanks to the general in charge of the allocation of these planes who wanted to keep one for his own travels. As a result, it was not “tired” by the Algerian conflict and is one of the few T-6s not to have been assembled out of part of several airplanes. After its military career, it was registered on the French civil register (F-BNAU), and was used by Air France for the training of their pilots. After several private owners, it was acquired in 1990 by Jean-Philippe Chivot, its current owner.
Its current livery is purely fictitious. The camouflage is based on the 3rd Fighter Squadron of the AVG (Flying Tigers). The roundels are more or less those post-war USAF aircraft. This livery was applied for the shooting of the film “After the War” in which it appears alongside its brother-in-arm F-AZAS.


Immatriculation : F-AZAU
Opérateur : Ailes Anciennes de Picardie
Pilote : Vincent Moisson
Date de fabrication : 1942
Numéro de série : 42-004151 (s/n° 88-12371) to T-6G: 51-15 113 (s/n° 182-800)
Livrée : Flying Tigers inspiration