If you’re looking for that extra special ride of a lifetime, experience the joy of flight in our authentic 1943 WWII North American AT-6, 'Sweet Sophia'! Nothing quite compares to the adventure of flying in this incredible aircraft, soaring the skies over the birthplace of aviation is the thrill of a lifetime. These rides make great gifts for that special someone, or treat yourself to one of the best things to do on the Outer Banks!
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The T-6 Texan (also known as The Pilot Maker, The Growler, the SNJ or the Harvard) was and is a world famous single-engine aircraft primarily known for its use as a trainer. The T-6 Texan appeared during the years spanning WWII, survived the Korean conflict, served for a time during the Vietnam War and is still in some operational service to this day. The sheer longevity of the systems have made her a popular aircraft at air displays and with airplane aficionados the world over. This beautiful aircraft has a wingspan of 42 feet, and is powered by a 600 HP Pratt and Whitney R 1340 radial engine.
For more than six decades after it's birth in 1937, the North American AT-6 Texan and it's offshoots (the Navy SNJ and the Canadian Harvard) were used throughout the world as advanced trainers, artillery spotters (in Korea and Vietnam among other theaters), and even as counterinsurgency and fighter-bombers by numerous developing countries. Known as 'The Pilot Maker', the Texan was developed with the express intention of creating an advanced trainer as a last step for pilots before they graduated to fighters. The last known military use of the Texan was by the South African Air Force as a trainer (in 1995) which gives it a working history of sixty years, a figure virtually unrivaled in the history of military aviation.
There are estimated to be fewer than 400 AT-6s flying in the US today.
We offer special aerobatic rides at no extra charge for flights longer than 15 minutes if you like!
Please see our tour pricing page for descriptions of our air tours and rates.
Please call us at 252-216-7777 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and reservations.
We offer videos of your flight using a high definition GoPro camera.
Videos are edited with captions and music. We post the video on YouTube, and email you a link so you can share the joy of your flight with friends and family! We also mail you a DVD disc of your flight. Click to view Videos.