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30-MAY-2011 LynnH

MAY 30

Sugar Land TX

SNJ-5 "Oh Baby" and AT-6 Texan "Ace" flying over our house this morning.
I heard the sound and knew that it was coming from old WWII planes. I ran in the house and grabbed the camera.
Didn't have time to play with settings, just shoot shoot and they were gone!
For those of you who don't know already, next to old cars, I love vintage aircraft, especially WWII era planes.

The AT-6 family of Advanced Trainers first entered service in 1938, and variants continued in service until recent times.
The one you see here is known as "Ace" and is an AT-6A. About 1,800 were built. The naval version of the AT-6 is the SNJ;
the approximate equivalent of the AT-6A is SNJ-3, and another 270 of these were built. In RAF and RCAF service, the AT-6 was known as the "Harvard".
AT-6A's were built at the original North American factory in Inglewood, California and at a new plant in Dallas, TX;
the Dallas plant was the dominant source of the model. The AT-6A features a 600 HP Pratt & Whitney R-1340-49 radial engine, a variable-pitch propeller
and retractable main landing gear. It also could be fitted with machine guns for use in gunnery training.
Later versions of the AT-6 (which was by then referred to simply as the T-6) continued in service after WWII. In addition to a training role,
T-6's were used as forward air control aircraft during the Korean War. They were often referred to as "Mosquitos" during this action.
Several countries also used armed T-6's as ground attack or counter-insurgency aircraft.
To learn more about these fabulous aircraft, go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_American_T-6_Texan



Sony DSLR-A700 ,Sigma 18-250 F3.5-6.3 DS OS HSM
1/2000s f/6.3 at 180.0mm iso320 full exif

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Keith O'Brien03-Jun-2011 12:01
Nice one Lynn - full marks for spotting and shooting them! V
nightwings01-Jun-2011 00:56
Nice shot, we know they come by pretty fast. We missed a shot of a B-26 passing over about a month ago, got the camera, but dead batteries.
Graeme31-May-2011 22:00
Fabulous composition Lynn.vote
Karen Stuebing31-May-2011 21:52
This had to be a hard shot to get and this is a super capture. Perfectly positioned in the frame. V.
Cindi Smith31-May-2011 19:01
You did good! What a great capture!!!
Marc Demoulin31-May-2011 18:47
My father was instructor on T6!
Marc
Walter O. Koenig31-May-2011 14:56
How cool to have them flying over your house. Great capture Lynn.
Stephanie31-May-2011 14:43
What a cool sighting over you home! :)
Irene Wehrli31-May-2011 14:21
Great you had the camera Lynn, beside other things we have something in common, the love for vintage aircraft...
Stunning snapshot!
Irene