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Does anyone know the reasoning behind this modification? I'm guessing this t-6 was converted to look like a Hellcat perhaps? Was it for a movie? and if so, does anyone know what the movie is called? Cheers.
 

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This is not Hellcat neither other French navy plane. It´s rebuild AT-6. :lol:
 
Haha - read the first post, Jarda ...

"I'm guessing this t-6 was converted to look like a Hellcat perhaps?"

See that, posted by Wildcat in the first post.
 
Ha look at that, answered my own question. This "P-64" is infact an SNJ-4, another fake!
Photo is scanned from one of my Classic Wings Magazines. Photo was taken at the CAF Midland Airshow in 2005.
 

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Wildcat said:
Does anyone know the reasoning behind this modification? I'm guessing this t-6 was converted to look like a Hellcat perhaps? Was it for a movie? and if so, does anyone know what the movie is called? Cheers.

Based on the registration, F-AZHE, visible at the rear, it is a NA-68 P-64, s/n SA 30 79413. It was in the films Dien Bien Phu and Indochine.

http://ajbs.com/Anglais/MuseeGB/NA-68-UKHtml/NA68-Master-UK.htm
http://www.airliners.net/search/photo.search?regsearch=F-AZHE&distinct_entry=true
http://www.jetphotos.net/showphotos.php?regsearch=F-AZHE
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_American_P-64
 
As noted somewhere above, it's a movie bird converted from a T-6/SNJ/Harvard to resemble a French Navy fighter.
It looks like it's supposed to represent a Hellcat.

For any that still have some doubt, it's definitely not a real P-64. Only six were built, being ordered by Thailand under the
North American Aviation model number NA-68. They were similar to an earlier NAA aircraft ordered by Peru; the NA-50A.

While the NA-68s were enroute to Thailand that country was invaded by Japan and the aircraft were held at Hawaii,
ultimately being requisitioned by the US Army and given the designation of P-64 and serials of 41-19082 through 41-19087.

This is a period shot of one of those aircraft...

P-64006a.gif

Bill Larkins photo


Only one P-64 survives today, as part of the EAA's museum in Oshkosh.
This is that aircraft, serial 41-19085, as she appeared in 1970...

41-19085Oshkosh1970.gif

Steve Williams photo



Fade to Black...
 
The Peruvian air force bought seven of them and lost 2 in a scrap with Ecuador in 1941 losing 2 in action one to AA and the other blew up while trying to dislodge a hung up bomb and 6 were sold to the Thais but were on board ship in Hawaii when the Japanese invaded Thailand and at that time were seized by the US and assigned to advance fighter training as the P-64
 

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