The Texas Air Museum

North American NA-64

 

NA-64

 

This example of a WWII intermediate trainer (and predecessor of the well known Harvard Mk II, Mk IV, SNJ and Texan T-6) is most similar to a relatively obscure US Army Air Corps variant, the BT-14. NA-64's are very similar to the NA-57 pictured below.

 

NA-57

 

In their factory configuration, all 230 Yales began life as NA-64 Norths, ordered by the French Armee de l'Air in 1939. The first 111 planes delivered to France were gratefully accepted by the Luftwaffe and immediately formed into the Goefpingen A/B 116 and the "Rosarius Circus" which trained German pilots assigned to fly captured Allied aircraft. The remaining 119 were acquired (and defrenched) by the RCAF, and thus the Yale became the only production military airplane to have served in squadron strength on both sides of the war.

 

The RCAF registration numbers ran consecutively from 3346 to 3464. About 30 airframes did not survive the war, victims of category 'A' accidents, including 4 midairs. A handful of operational RCAF Yales survive today (7 as per KOT) and none of the German examples have been spotted since liberation and are presumed extinct.

 

While this aircraft served with the RCAF as 3463, after the post restoration test flights are completed it will be painted similar to the drawing seen above, in honor of Heinz Orlozski, who flew Luftwaffe NA-64's during training in 1943.

  NA-64 - Flying

 

NA-64 - Taxi

 

NA-64 - Taxi