Surprisingly for an aircraft that was originally designed in 1935, the T6 was still in service in the air forces of not less than 20 countries in 1985 as it approached its 50th anniversary.
When it first flew, its role seemed to be limited exclusively to reconnaissance. However, in the second half of its career, it was employed in various military roles.
The Harvard Canadian version known in the U.S. as a the Texan, Yale and SNJ,
and as the Wirraway in Australia, was perhaps the greatest expression of a complete machine with sure aerodynamics, exuberant power and endowed with all the features characteristic ofplanes more powerful and faster; closed cabin, retractable landing gear, hydraulically controlled flaps and brakes, variable pitch propeller and other on-board instrumentation.
The HB-RAJ is a recent Harvard Mk 4 (or T-6H 4M), built by Canadian Car & Foundry Company in Fort William, Quebec, which was the last factory to produce this type of aircraft.
After an obscure role with the Italian Air Force, it was sold for scrap by auction.
In 1986, it was found by Franco Actis who began restoration work in 1989. The work took a good 5,000 hours of labour, but finally on the 15 May 1991 the legendary Noise Maker (after the sound of its powerful motor) returned to a new life. The sleek lines, easy handling and strength make it one of the most popular machines among war-plane collectors.
Engine: Pratt & Whitney Wasp R-1340-1 YEAR
Nine-cylinder radial with a power output of 600 hp
Dimensions and weight:
Wingspan 12.81 m
Length 8.99 m
Height 3.58 m
Wing surface area 23.57 m2
Maximum weight 2,400 kg
Cruising speed 240 km / h
Maximum speed 330 km / h
Autonomy 1200 km
Cruising altitude 4,400 m