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  • Vultee BT-13 Valiant Basic Trainer Aircraft

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

     Updated: 5/11/2016; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ¬©www.MilitaryFactory.com

    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.

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    Vultee BT-13A Valiant Technical Specifications

    Service Year: 1939
    Type: Basic Trainer Aircraft
    National Origin: United States
    Manufacturer(s): Vultee Aircraft - USA
    Production Total: 11,537

    Structural (Crew Space, Dimensions and Weights)

    Operating Crew: 2
    Length: 28.74 feet (8.76 meters)
    Width: 42.19 feet (12.86 meters)
    Height: 12.30 feet (3.75 meters)

    Weight (MTOW): 4,365 lb (1,980 kg)

    Installed Power and Standard Day Performance

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

    Maximum Speed: 183 mph (295 kph; 159 knots)
    Maximum Range: 513 miles (826 km)
    Service Ceiling: 16,503 feet (5,030 meters; 3.13 miles)

    Armament / Mission Payload


    Global Operators / Customers

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

    Model Variants (Including Prototypes)

    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.