History Mystery

Dorr, Robert F.
December 2003
Air Power History;Winter2003, Vol. 50 Issue 4, p67
Academic Journal
Readers of the journal Air Power History readily identified the North American P-64 fighter of World War II, known to its manufacturer as the NA-68. The P-64 evolved from a family of trainers that also produced the famous AT-6 Texan advanced trainer of World War II. North American built six NA-68 fighters for Thailand. The aircraft were also known in factory jargon as NA-50A models. Test pilot Louis Wait took the first NA-68 aloft for its initial flight on September 1, 1940 and it performed well, although it would have been no match for a Lockheed P-38 Lightning, Mitsubishi A6M Zero.


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