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H o n o r i n g t h e M O S Q U I T O

SQUADRON

Vietnam Pilot Grant Lannon Honors Korean War FAC Pioneers

ARTICLE AND PHOTOS BY KIM ROSENLOF, WB#549220

alking down the rows of North Amer- ican T-6 Texan/SNJ/ Harvard aircraft at Sun ’n Fun or EAA AirVenture, one could play a game trying to guess the owner’s intent in picking the paint schemes. Did the owner of a Guantanamo Bay, Cuba-painted SNJ serve in the U.S. Navy, or might he be of Hispanic or- W

igin? Or perhaps the aircraft actually served at “Gitmo” for a significant portion of its life, and that’s why the owner chose the paint scheme. Since the T-6 and its numerous variants served in air forces of every conti- nent except Antarctica and for the U.S. Army and Navy, a T-6 owner today could pick an authentic mili- tary paint scheme from literally hundreds of squadrons representing

more than 30 nations.

Finding out why an owner picked a particular paint scheme can lead to some interesting his- tory. Such is the case with Warbirds member R. Grant Lannon (WB #22051) of Austin, Texas, whose Harvard Mark II bears the colors of the Mosquitos, a small band of U.S. Air Force pilots and Army observ- ers who flew T-6s in combat during

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