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Role Combat trainer
National origin United States of America
Manufacturer North American Aviation

The North American BC-1 was the basic combat airplane used by the United States Army Air Corps from 1936-1940. It was the production version of the NA-26 prototype, with retractable tailwheel landing gear and the provision for armaments, a two-way radio, and the 550 hp (410 kW) R-1340-47 engine as standard equipment. Production versions included the BC-1 (Model NA-36) with only minor modifications (177 built), of which 30 were modified as BC-1I instrument trainers; the BC-1A (NA-55) with airframe revisions (93 built); and a single BC-1B with a modified wing centre-section. The BC-1 was later renamed and evolved into the T-6 Texan.


 United States

Specifications (BC-1)

Data from American Warplanes of World War II [1]

General characteristics

  • Crew: Two
  • Length: 27 ft 9 in (8.44 m)
  • Wingspan: 43 ft 0 in (13.10 m)
  • Height: 14 ft 0 in (4.26 m)
  • Wing area: 225 ft² (29.9 m²)
  • Empty weight: 4,050 lb (1,837 kg)
  • Loaded weight: 5,200 lb (2,358 kg)
  • Powerplant:Pratt & Whitney R-1340-49 Wasp radial engine, 600 hp (447 kW)



  • Guns: Provisions for one forward-firing cowl-mounted .30 in (7.62 mm) machine gun and one trainable .30 in (7.62 mm) machine gun in the rear cockpit.


  1. ^ Donald 1995, p.196.
  2. ^ Swanborough and Bowers 1963, p.351.
  • Donald, David. American Warplanes of World War II. London:Aerospace Publishing, 1995. ISBN 1 874023 72 7.
  • Swanborough, Gordon and Bowers, Peter M. United States Military Aircraft since 1909. London:Putnam, 1963.


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