September 4, 2013 - The North American Trainer Association (NATA) will host an historic formation flight over the Pentagon and Arlington National Cemetery to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the North American Texan, a two-seat aircraft used as the advanced trainer for World War II fighter pilots, on October 11 at approximately 12:30 p.m.
Designed by North American Aviation, Inc., and first flown in 1938, the 'Texan' quickly became the most popular trainer aircraft for the U.S. military in the 1940s and 1950s. The fly-over in the skies over the Pentagon and Arlington National Cemetery will be a visible and fitting tribute to the service and sacrifice of the hundreds of thousands of veterans who flew the T-6/SNJ/Harvard. This ceremonial formation flight will follow the Potomac River and will be easily visible from Alexandria, Arlington, and Rosslyn, Virginia.
Over 15,000 “Texans” were built between 1938 and 1947 and over 400 of these aircraft are still flying in the United States and Canada (all privately owned).
NATA will be celebrating the 75th Anniversary of the Texan for 3 days prior to this historic formation flight over the Pentagon and Arlington National Cemetery on Friday, October 11th, with skilled formation pilots coming from across North America. The Culpeper Regional Airport in Virginia will be the base of operations for this event. The 75th Anniversary of the Texan will culminate with the annual Culpeper AirFest airshow on Saturday, Oct 12. The Culpeper Airfest is free to the public.