T-6 Texans Practicing A Formation Loop: Great Piloting!
Most Of Us Would Probably Trade Our Jobs To Do This
The North American Texans Aviation T-6 Texan was a single-engined trainer aircraft which first took flight in 1935. It was used primarily as a trainer aircraft for the Untied States Navy, the Royal Air Force as well as other air forces around the world. They were given different names in other countries and air forces such as the SNJ, AT-6 and Harvard.
Here are some of their key specs:
- The T-6s can seat two people: student and instructor
- It’s fitted with a Pratt & Whitney R-1340-AN-1 Wasp engine, generating 630 hp.
- Its max speed is 208 mph, with a cruise speed of 145 mph
- They have a range of 730 miles
Since 15,495 of them were produced, there are many airworthy T-6s flying today, often used as stunt planes when modified. Also, their appearance is similar to the Japanese Zeros, and you’ll often see them repainted to look like them in movies and airshows. After World War II, the National Air Races established a special racing class for the Texans, which you can see annually at the Reno National Air Races.