The wartime history of USAAF North American AT-6A 41-0234 is not clear. By 1947, Dori Marland owned it, who would race the Texan in the Halle Trophy Race at the Cleveland National Air Races. Her heavily modified T-6 used a Ranger V-770 inverted V-12 engine, and the cockpit sheet metal was reworked into a single seat. A Hollywood actress who had set aside her film career to become a WASP, Dori Marland, suffered an engine problem, and the T-6 was damaged on landing. Dori survived but retired from air racing after the incident.
In 1948, another WASP and Captain in the Air Force Reserve, Betty Clark, took over the T-6, finishing in fourth place of the Kendall Trophy Race. N61269 is seen here, post-racing career with some sort of rear seat added back in. This livery can be dated to the late ’50s when it was still flying.
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