The wartime history of USAAF North American AT-6A 41-0234 is not clear. By 1947 it was owned by Dori Marland 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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