The AT-6 "Nella"
Members of the CAF WASP Squadron fly the AT-6 Nella on Tour, at WASP Homecoming and at special events. The aircraft is named after Fifinella, the mascot of the Women Airforce Service Pilots. Nella is an advanced training aircraft used at the all-female Avenger Field in Sweetwater, TX where the WASP cadets underwent military flight training.
AT-6 Texan Specifications
North American Aviation
One Pratt & Whitney R-1340-49 radial piston engine rated at 600 hp for takeoff and 550 hp at 8,000 ft.
Internal fuel 111 US gallons
- Wingspan 42 ft. 0 in.
- Length 29 ft. 0 in.
- Height 11 ft. 9 in.
Empty 3,900 lb.; maximum takeoff 5,155 lb.
- Maximum level speed ‘clean’ 182 kt (210 mph) at 5,000 ft.; normal cruise 126 kt (145 mph)
- Maximum range 546 nm (629 miles)
- Service ceiling 24,000 ft.
Provisions for one forward-firing cowl-mounted .30 cal. machine gun, one wing mounted .30 cal. machine gun, and one trainable .30 cal. machine gun in the rear cockpit (SNJ only)
Nella has had the privilege of flying several WASP during its tenure as the aircraft of the CAF WASP Squuadron. When one of these special guests takes a flight, the heroic, groundbreaking aviator signs her name to the aircraft’s luggage compartment making this “museum without walls” a truly remarkable, one-of-a-kind artifact!