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Beech AT-10 Wichita

United States (1942)
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Nearly 2,400 Beechcraft AT-10 Wichita aircraft were built from 1942 to 1944 for the United States Army Air Forces of World War 2.


Detailing the development and operational history of the Beech AT-10 Wichita Twin-Engine Military Trainer Aircraft.  Entry last updated on 2/3/2017. Authored by Staff Writer. Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com

The Beech Aircraft AT-10 "Wichita" was conceived by the company as a dedicated, low-cost twin-engine military trainer to meet a standing requirement by the United States Army Air Corps (USAAC) (to become the United States Army Air Forces - USAAF - in March of 1942). To facilitate mass production (and head-off a possible shortage of valuable aluminum during wartime), plywood was used throughout the construction of the airframe with metal only applied to the key sections such as the engine and cockpit area. The Wichita, beginning life as the company "Model 25", saw design from 1940 until 1941 and entered service in 1942. The AT-10 was named after the Kansan town of "Wichita" where the Beechcraft facility resided and 2,371 total examples followed with manufacturing handled by Beechcraft (1,771 units) and Globe Aircraft Corporation (600 units).

The original prototype was lost to an accident on May 5th, 1941 during testing by the USAAC and Beechcraft quickly turned around and constructed a second form as the "Model 26". Following the requisite evaluations, trials and certifications, the aircraft was adopted as the AT-10 and entered the USAAC inventory in February of 1942. Nearly 750 were on hand before the end of the year.

Dimensions of the Wichita included a length of 34.3 feet, a wingspan of 44 feet and a height of 10.3 feet. Empty was 4,750 lb with a Maximum Take-Off Weight (MTOW) nearing 6,130 lb. The Wichita was powered by a pair of Lycoming R-680-9 series air-cooled engines delivering 295 horsepower apiece. This propelled the aircraft to speeds of 198 miles per hour out to ranges of 770 miles and a service ceiling up to 16,900 feet.

The AT-10 proved crucial in the training of airmen intended for large aircraft as it stood as a stepping stone to operational-level bombers and transport types of equal or larger size. Production of the series was aided by its simplicity - the largely wooden approach allowed Beechcraft to outsource manufacture to wood-working / furniture plants to help meet demand. Even the all-important fuel stores were wooden with a synthetic rubber liner applied. The aircraft was in constant production until 1944 and the final examples emerged from Globe Aircraft lines (the company evolving to become Temco in the post-war period).

AT-10s operated until the end of the war which arrived in 1945.


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Cockpit picture from the Beech AT-10 Wichita Twin-Engine Military Trainer Aircraft
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Hi: 200mph
Lo: 100mph
    This entry's maximum listed speed (199mph).

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Unit Production Comparison
Comm. Market HI*: 44,000 units
Military Market HI**: 36,183 units
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  * Commercial Market High belongs to Cessna 172.

  ** Military Market High belongs to Ilyushin Il-2.


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Origin: United States
Year: 1942
Type: Twin-Engine Military Trainer Aircraft
Manufacturer(s): Beechcraft / Beech Aircraft / Globe Aircraft - USA
Production: 2,371
Global Operators:
United States (retired)
Historical Commitments / Honors:

Military lapel ribbon for Operation Allied Force
Military lapel ribbon for the Arab-Israeli War
Military lapel ribbon for the Battle of Britain
Military lapel ribbon for the Battle of Midway
Military lapel ribbon for the Berlin Airlift
Military lapel ribbon for the Chaco War
Military lapel ribbon for the Cold War
Military lapel ribbon for the Cuban Missile Crisis
Military lapel ribbon for the Falklands War
Military lapel ribbon for the French-Indochina War
Military lapel ribbon for the Golden Age of Flight
Military lapel ribbon for the 1991 Gulf War
Military lapel ribbon for the Indo-Pak Wars
Military lapel ribbon for the Iran-Iraq War
Military lapel ribbon for the Korean War
Military lapel ribbon for the 1982 Lebanon War
Military lapel ribbon for the Malayan Emergency
Military lapel ribbon for the attack on Pearl Harbor
Military lapel ribbon for the Six Day War
Military lapel ribbon for the Soviet-Afghan War
Military lapel ribbon for the Spanish Civil War
Military lapel ribbon for the Suez Crisis
Military lapel ribbon for the Vietnam War
Military lapel ribbon for Warsaw Pact of the Cold War-era
Military lapel ribbon for the WASP (WW2)
Military lapel ribbon for the World War 1
Military lapel ribbon for the World War 2
Military lapel ribbon for the Yom Kippur
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Structural - Crew, Dimensions, and Weights:
Unless otherwise noted the presented statistics below pertain to the Beech AT-10 Wichita model. Common measurements, and their respective conversions, are shown when possible.

Operational
CREW


Personnel
2


Dimension
LENGTH


Feet
34.32 ft


Meters
10.46 m


Dimension
WIDTH


Feet
43.96 ft


Meters
13.4 m


Dimension
HEIGHT


Feet
10.33 ft


Meters
3.15 m


Weight
EMPTY


Pounds
4,751 lb


Kilograms
2,155 kg


Weight
LOADED


Pounds
6,129 lb


Kilograms
2,780 kg

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Installed Power - Standard Day Performance:
2 x Lycoming R-680-9 air-cooled radial piston engines developing 295 horsepower each.

Performance
SPEED


Miles-per-Hour
199 mph


Kilometers-per-Hour
320 kph


Knots
173 kts


Performance
RANGE


Miles
771 mi


Kilometers
1,240 km


Nautical Miles
670 nm


Performance
CEILING


Feet
16,896 ft


Meters
5,150 m


Miles
3.20 mi

Armament - Hardpoints (0):

None.
Variants: Series Model Variants
• Model 25 - Beechcraft product model; lost to accident
• Model 26 - Subsequent Beechcraft product model
• AT-10 - USAAF designation