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04-28-2010, 12:10 AM
This is a picture of my daddy, Leonard H. Specht, and I know it must be before 1950. He was born in 1916, and I got the photo from my nephew, whose grandmother was married to Daddy before my mom was. Anyway, I wanted to know what type of airplane this was, if anyone knows. Thank you!


04-28-2010, 12:17 AM
Is the picture supposed to come out so big??? I have tried to make it smaller several times, but alas, to no avail..... I am sorry it is so huge.

04-28-2010, 11:32 AM
Looks awfully like one of these to me: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T-6_Texan
Advanced trainer used by just about everybody from 1937 onwards.

04-28-2010, 11:37 AM
Thank you! Stands to reason, as he was a flight instructor in Uvalde, Texas and at Randolph, but Uvalde was in the early days. Thanks so much!!!

05-13-2010, 09:15 PM
Sure looks like a Harvard to me.

05-14-2010, 09:25 AM
Thanks for the info. What is a Harvard?

05-14-2010, 12:08 PM
The Harvard was a training aircraft.

05-14-2010, 02:30 PM
Oh, duh. I feel stupid now. I remember when I looked it up after pdf27's post, that is what the English called it in the RAF. So you know how if a plane is used as a regular one, then they have a training version, why is the (I guess you would call it) the plane's model number different? I understand putting the T in front of the numbers, but (and I don't know if they do it all the time) I have seen some with a totally different number. Sorry to ask stupid questions, but I am trying to learn....

05-14-2010, 10:06 PM
As a boy, during the war, I used to see the Harvard’s from a nearby training station flying. I think that the Harvard was only used as a training aircraft. I could be wrong and I’m sure that someone will correct me if I am. I am not sure of the marking.

I was always told that “the only stupid question is the one you don’t ask.”

05-14-2010, 10:18 PM
That is interesting. Thanks so much for the info. Daddy flew at least six different airplanes that I know of, during different periods of time. I just need to piece them together. He had told me about several, but in my nosing around I have found several others. Then there are periods of time that seem to be non-existent, like he was just not around, when I know he was. More digging necessary, I guess. Thanks!