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    Vultee BT-13 Valiant Basic Trainer Aircraft (1939)

    Vultee BT-13 Valiant Basic Trainer Aircraft (1939)

    The Vultee BT-13 Valiant was one of the more outstanding trainer aircraft of World War 2.





    Staff Writer (Updated: 5/11/2016):

    The BT-13 Valiant was a stellar trainer aircraft used for basic flight training and for blind instrument training throughout World War 2. The rear cockpit was equipped with a curtain that could be moved forward to cover the student pilot's vision, forcing him to fly by the aircraft by the five basic instruments: altimeter, air-speed indicator, compass, bank and turn indicators, and an optional tachometer. The BT-13 series differed slightly from the training offered with the AT-6 Texan in that it did not have retractable landing gear. The first delivery to the military was in 1942.

    The BT-13 series spawned a few variants including a "A" and a "B" model, both fitted with Pratt & Whitney brand engines. The BT-15 appeared along with the introduction of Wright radial engines to help handle rising production needs. The United States Navy operated the BT-13A and BT-13B as the SNV-1 and SNV-2 respectively. Total production of the BT Valiant series as a whole amounted to over 11,500 examples, some which still fly in the hands of private collectors today.


     SPECIFICATIONS 


    Vultee BT-13A Valiant
    Type: Basic Trainer Aircraft
    National Origin: United States [ VIEW ]
    Manufacturer(s): Vultee Aircraft - USA [ VIEW ]
    Introduction: 1939
    Production Total: 11,537 [ VIEW ]

     OPERATORS 


    Australia; Chile; China; Egypt; France; Honduras; Peru; Soviet Union; United States


     STRUCTURAL 


    Crew: 2
    Length: 28.74 feet (8.76 meters)
    Width: 42.19 feet (12.86 meters)
    Height: 12.30 feet (3.75 meters)
    Weight (Empty): 0 lb (0 kg)
    Weight (MTOW): 4,365 lb (1,980 kg)


     PERFORMANCE 


    Maximum Speed: 183 mph (295 kmh; 159 knots)
    Maximum Range: 513 miles (826 km)
    Service Ceiling: 16,503 feet (5,030 meters; 3.1 miles)
    Rate-of-Climb: 0 feet-per-minute (0 m/min)


     POWER 


    Powerplant: 1 x Pratt & Whitney R-985-AN-1 Wasp Jr 9-cylinder radial engine developing 450 horsepower.


     ARMAMENT / MISSION PAYLOAD 


    Hardpoints: 0
    Armament / Mission Payload:
    None.


     VARIANTS 


    V-51 - Prototype

    BC-51 - Prototype Designation for USAAC contract competition.

    VF-51 - Based on the BC-51 prototype

    VF-54 - Refined VF-51 design

    VF-54A - Revised VF-54 model

    BT-13 USAAC Base Production Model Designation; 300 initially ordered.

    BT-13A - Fitted with Pratt & Whitney engines.

    BT-13B - Fitted with Pratt & Whitney engines.

    SNV-1 - US Navy designation for the BT-13A series.

    SNV-2 - US Navy designation for the BT-13B series.

    BT-15 - Fitted with Wright-series R-975 radial engine.


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