N726KM

Airframe Family: North American T-6/AT-6/SNJ Texan / Harvard
Latest Model: T-6G Texan
Last Military Serial: 7726 SAAF
Last Civil Registration: N726KM
Latest Owner – M.S.Ö. Air & Space Museum (also home to “Ferocious Frankie” Mustang P-51D)

Right – Kruger National Park, 1970 when with No.6 Sqn SAAF (Image by Ed Marshall, supplied bt Martin Pengelly)

 

 

Was originally a AT-6 or a SNJ and then rebuilt into a T-6G in 1953. Not given a 182- c/n, it was one of 30 created by Volitan Aircraft Services in California of which all were given SA- c/ns ranging from 052 to about 080. Therefore there is no way at present in knowing what the original airframe was. Sold in Chile in March 1993 it first became N26WR before N726KM which it is now. (Martin Pengelly Harvard Historian)

Constructed as a T-6G with s/n 7726 SAAF.
3 March 2006 Certificate of airworthiness for N726KM (AT-6G, SA079) issued.
3 March 2006 Certificate of airworthiness for N726KM (AT-6G, SA079) issued.
13 July 2009 To Alpha Tango Six Llc, Roseville, CA with c/r N726KM. 24 August 2012

17 September 2012 To Thomas D. Hill, Eagle, ID.
4 June 2013 To unknown owner with c/r N726KM. Registration pending to a new owner in Durango, CO.
28 August 2013 To Bridgewood Holdings Llc, Durango, CO.
20 November 2015 To Aerodynamics Worldwide Inc, Wilmington, DE.
2016 – Martin Courage Gloucester UK
2018 – M.S.Ö. Air & Space Museum (also home to “Ferocious Frankie” Mustang P-51D) Turkey

North American T-6G Texan ‘Happy Hour’ is the latest arrival at Turkey’s Sivrihisar General Aviation Center. It fills an important gap between the organisation’s Stearman biplane and North American P-51D Mustang ‘Ferocious Frankie’ – the latter previously operated in the UK by Duxford’s Old Flying Machine Company. The 1953-built Texan left Gloucester Airport on August 9 in the hands of pilot Guido Kililng (with Sivrihisar’s Tayfun Uslu in the other seat). It arrived at its new home on the 11th.

https://www.sushm.com.tr/homepage

All images by Tayfun Uslu.

SHG Airshow is an international organization organized annually by Sivrihisar Sportive Aviation Society at Sivrihisar General Aviation Center Necati Artan Facilities and it addresses the aviation fans from every age. Besides emphasizing the significance of the aviation culture.

SHG Airshows offer an opportunity to gain knowledge about aviation culture especially to children and young people. This organization which came to life first in 2015 attracted great attention, developed year by year and became an internationally well-known organization. Today, it is mentioned as SHG Airshows in the international calenders that declare international aviation shows.

SHG Airshows aims at contributing to the development of the sportive and general aviation in our country, exhibiting the planes with a historical worth at MSÖ Air and Space Museum to the aviation fans and supporting the development of aviation culture. For these purposes, this organization unites tens of thousands of people and excites and entertains them with various shows.

SHG Airshows lasts for two days and during this organization, the world-wide known show pilots make magnificent flight performances which both excite and also fascinate the spectators. Planes with historical worth exhibited at MSÖ Air and Space Museum provide information about aviation history with their static and dynamic performances. Besides the show pilots, many companies, flight schools, universities and aviation firms participate in this organization in order to present and advertise themselves.


Ali İsmet Öztürk
(born 23 May 1964) is a Turkish professional display pilot, an aerobatic aircraft designer and an aviation businessman. He is the first civilian to be recognised as a professional aerobatic pilot in the country. He flies in international air shows in his custom-designed and manufactured world-class performance aerobatic aircraft called “Turkish: Mor Menekşe” (Purple Violet

Ali İsmet Öztürk has been admired worldwide both for his accomplishments in the air as an air show pilot,[4] and on the ground for his technical talent to build aerobatics aircraft. He is best known by air show fans and enthusiasts for his extremely complex and technical manoeuvres. He was also the first professional civil pilot to perform an aerobatics display over the Bosphorus

 

 

At SHG Airshows, a volunteer team of approximately one hundred people work during the show times and thus, this organization unites many people who want to contribute to the development of aviation culture. In addition, this organization becomes an efficient source for many local companies since food stands are constructed in the show days and participators and visitors stay at the local hotels around.

My own small experience with Happy Hour before her departure from Gloucester! Author and owner of this web site Andrew Goodall with daughter Millie

Below some Pre Air Show Season training in the ‘Happy Hour’ 13th May – 16th May 2019

 

 

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