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Introduction to NATA

The North American Trainer Association (NATA) is an independent, non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation dedicated to the restoration and safe operation of military trainers manufactured by the North American Aviation company (NAA) in the 1940s and 50s. NATA provides members with acquisition, operational, maintenance, and safety information, formation training, advocacy, and flight training, and parts and repair referrals. Membership is open to all owners and enthusiasts of these aircraft worldwide, and includes a majority of U.S. owners of these aircraft, and owners, pilots, and historians from 13 countries around the world.

NATA aircraft type include the NAA TF-51TB-25T-28, and T-6/SNJ/Harvard, NA-50, NA-64.

A key mission for NATA is promoting, teaching, and maintaining the skills to fly aircraft in formation. Visit our formation introduction and FAQ pages for more information. NATA is also a signatory of the Formation and Safety Team (FAST), a worldwide educational organization dedicated to teaching safe formation flying in restored, vintage military aircraft and civilian aircraft. Visit for details.

NATA also provides Educational Scholarships each year through the Gordon Kibby Scholarship fund, which was made possible through a generous donation from the estate of NATA Member Gordon Kibby. Each year, NATA awards scholarships to 2 deserving college students who are enrolled in aviation related degree programs. NATA has also sponsored Internships at various Airframe and Engine Maintenance businesses for aspiring young A&P students. Our goal is to inspire the next generation of pilots and maintenance technicians.

NATA publishes a quarterly magazine called NATA Skylines in January, April, July and October. Skylines provides a wealth of information about NAA trainer aircraft, operation and maintenance of those aircraft, formation training/flying, and related events.

NATA was founded in 1985 by L. P. "Stoney" and Kathy Stonich.

(Header image: NATA members gather in Culpeper, VA with their aircraft for the annual Potomac Flight over Arlington National Cemetery, Washington, D.C.)