STRANGE BUT COOL

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-racingย career with some sort of rear seat added back in. This livery can be dated to the late โ€™50s when it was still flying.

 

 

 

 

 

Courtesy of those nice people at Warbird Information Exchange (one if not the best Warbird forum online), here is SNJ-4 Bu09985 and now N55941. First registered as NX55941, it was converted into a streamlined single-seat racer for lady pilot Helen McBride for the National Air Races at Cleveland in 1949. Modified again as seen here as a single-seat agricultural aircraft, it was used from 74 to 77 flying from Greensboro, New Jersey.
THEN, it converted into a Zero replica and now rebuilt and flying once again in stock condition as N55941. Martin Pengelly