What was hot—and what was not—at the 2009 National Championship Air Races.
- By Linda Shiner
- AirSpaceMag.com, September 28, 2009
The Grand Champion of the 11th National Aviation Heritage Invitational is a 1944 North American SNJ-5C, owned and restored by Chuck Wahl of Cameron Park, California. The Navy called them SNJs, the Army Air Force called them T-6 Texans, and the Royal Air Force called them Harvards; by any name, the North American trainer was a workhorse; several hundred thousand pilots in 34 different countries over 25 years prepared for combat by flying the T-6. More than 15,000 were built. (You can watch the progress of Wahl’s five-year project to restore the SNJ by visiting his Web site.)