U.S. Navy SNJ "Texan" Aircraft Scrapping Field
|During the summer of 1999, QuestMasters stumbled upon one of the last large lots of untouched vintage
World War Two aircraft. These aircraft were found in their original wartime paint schemes. Roughly twenty,
nearly complete U.S. Navy SNJ "Texan" Aircraft (U.S. Army Air Force version AT-6) were being scrapped.
These aircraft have sat since the late 1950's in Pensacola, Florida after being surplused by the U.S. War
Department. This is a modern example of the famous "Kingman" scrapping operation of the late 1940's that
sent many famous aircraft to their demise (Enola Gay, the B-29 Super Fortress that dropped the first Atomic
Bomb on Hiroshima, was originally on that list).
|Seven "Texan" tail sections, above left photo.
This picture was taken just prior to scrapping. The rare SNJ-5B is seen in the front of the photo prior to
A large pile of SNJ control surfaces, above right photo.
|This is one of the several rows of "Texan" wings, above left photo.
There are over a dozen pairs of wings in this photo alone. Note that some of the wings are unpainted, while
others are painted in Navy training yellow.
Engine cowlings being pushed into the mobile crushing machine, above right photo.
Some of the cowling sections are unpainted, while others are painted in Navy training yellow.
|Stacked piles of "Texan" wing center sections, left
photo. These wings have been stacked for
destruction. In this photo alone, there are over 20
wing center sections that will be destroyed.