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Reno Wrap-up

What was hot—and what was not—at the 2009 National Championship Air Races.

Grand Champion

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.
(Caroline Sheen)

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.)

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