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My dad flew these in the USAF, early 50's, in Texas - San Angelo, mostly. I've got 8mm films of him, shot by a buddy in a partner aircraft. The T-6 was a pilot training aircraft, and in fact after starting as a radar technician he later got into the pilot training program learned to fly on them; he used to refer to them as the T-6 Trainer. Don't know what the drama is about.
I came along a year too late for the T-6. We got trained in the T-34 and T-28. Instructors, comparing the T-6 to what we were flying, talked a lot about the T-6 being a ground looper on landing, because the vertical fin was offset to counter torque on takeoff, and on landing (throttle closed), the offset fin tried to do a ground loop to the right. Landing the thing required a lot of left rudder, and supposedly the students had a hard time getting the hang of it. Never heard an instructor say the T-6 was hard to fly.
Not the hardest plane of that era to fly (they are all pretty complicated from a systems and technique perspective, but training fixes that), but they are, in fact, one of the most difficult to land (especially in a crosswind), and that is what I believe the guy is sweating. For those that dismissed his commentary, go try landing one in a crosswind. You are in for a high pucker factor treat (try not to bend the airplane).
First, the correct designation is SNJ (kidding). Second, it was the first airplane that generations of Naval Aviators first flew. Many guys who had never even been in an airplane. It was loud, uncomfortable and a hand full, but forgiving; and as strong as a tank.
It was the plane in which I made my first carrier landing. (I had trained in the more modern T-34 and T-28; but, the T-28 was not carrier certified. Had to transition back to the old beast for gunnery and carrier quals. Bummer at that time; but, so glad I got a chance to fly it.)