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Posted 10/23/2009 Printable Fact Sheet
North American A-27
Two North American A-27s of the 17th Pursuit Squadron at Nichols Field, Philippines, in 1941. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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The United States impressed 10 North American NA-69 attack aircraft ordered by Thailand when it became apparent the aircraft would fall into Japanese hands in the early 1940s. The United States was not yet at war with Japan at this point. The NA-69 was basically an attack version of the AT-6 trainer aircraft intended for export.

The aircraft were re-designated A-27s and given 1941 serial numbers. The A-27s were assigned to the U.S. Army Air Corps' 17th Pursuit Squadron at Nichols Field in the Philippines. When the Japanese attacked the Philippine Islands in the first days of the Pacific War, all A-27s were destroyed.

Type Number built/
A-27 10 Attack version of AT-6

Armament: Three .30-cal. machine guns (two fixed in the nose and one flexible for the gunner) plus 400 lbs. of bombs on wing racks (4x100 lbs.)
Engine: One Wright R-1820-75 Cyclone radial engine of 785 hp
Maximum speed: 250 mph
Cruising speed: 220 mph
Range: 800 statute miles
Service ceiling: 28,000 ft.
Span: 42 ft. 0 in.
Length: 29 ft. 0 in.
Height: 12 ft. 2 in.
Weight: 6,700 lbs. maximum
Crew: Two (pilot and gunner)
Serial numbers: 41-18890 to 41-18899 

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