The history of the North American Aviation Texan has a very generous share of name and plane designations. Throughout the development period of the SNJ-3 Texan Navy, it had been called, designed, and re-designated so frequently that made it amazing that experts managed to keep track. Simply put, the history of the Texan began through the North American NA-16 prototype, which was submitted to the 1937 Basic Combat aircraft competition of the US Army Air Corps. From that model, the BC-1 and the BC-2 emerged as the production models; while the model was redesigned to become an advanced trainer model, giving it the new name of AT-6.
The AT-6 had two variants—the AT-6A and the AT-6B—these variants became the Texans that we know now. The US Army Air Force employed about 1,500 units while the US Navy received roughly 270 units. The models employed by the USN were called as the SNJ-3. Thus, for the USAAC and the USAAF, the Texan airplane was known as the AT-6; for the USN, as the SNJ; and the British Commonwealth, the Harvard aircraft. An indicator of an airplane’s efficiency and ability is the number of squadrons that employed it. Serving beyond the US armed forces and the British forces, this North American aircraft has definitely aced that requirement. Display this SNJ-3 Texan aircraft replica and showcase one of the aircrafts the ruled the skies.