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  1. Wildcat

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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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    I'd say it was modified to look like a Hellcat. I wonder what the mods did to its handling?

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  3. evangilder

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    Weird! It does have Hellcat resemblance. Those are French Navy markings, so I am guessing if it were for a movie, it would be some French post war era theme film.
     
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    This is not Hellcat neither other French navy plane. It´s rebuild AT-6. :lol:
     
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    That is what everyone has said. They said it was a Texan modified to look like a Hellcat.
     
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    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.
     
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    Sorry chaps, I not read all first post. :oops:
     
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    Good catch, Joe. But there appear to be gear doors on the one pictured in the link that are not in the picture above... Hmmm.
     
  10. Wildcat

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    Hmm, I still think she's a modified T-6. Isn't there a P-64 flying around to US somewhere? I'm sure I've seen a picture somewhere.
     
  11. Wildcat

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    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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    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
     
  13. Wildcat

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    Excellent! Thanks for clearing that up mate. Welcome to the site!
     
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    Great first post! Welcome aboard.
     
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    Thanks alot man. Good job in finding that.
     
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    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...

    [​IMG]
    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...

    [​IMG]
    Steve Williams photo



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    Never heard of the P-64, what was it involved with?
     
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    They were initially used for advanced fighter training at Luke Field, Arizona and eventually wound up being used as hacks.


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    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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    right, ta very much
     
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