A friend goes out for some aerobatics in a North American T-6 Texan.Start and takeoff. The North American Aviation T-6 Texan was a single-engine advanced trainer used by the Army Air Force during the Second World War. It was powered by a 600 hp Pratt & Whitney R-1340-AN-1 Wasp Radial Engine. The Texan cruised at 145 mph and had a 730 mile range. Today it is a popular airshow performer.