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Vultee BT-13 Valiant


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



Authored By: Staff Writer | Last Edited: 8/26/2017 | 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.


Specifications



Year:
1939
Crew
2
[ 11,537 Units ] :
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Length:
28.74 ft (8.76 m)
Width:
42.19 ft (12.86 m)
Height:
12.30 ft (3.75 m)
(Showcased structural dimension values pertain to the Vultee BT-13A Valiant production model)
1 x Pratt & Whitney R-985-AN-1 Wasp Jr 9-cylinder radial engine developing 450 horsepower.
(Showcased powerplant information pertains to the Vultee BT-13A Valiant production model)
Max Speed:
183 mph (295 kph; 159 kts)
Service Ceiling:
16,503 feet (5,030 m; 3.13 miles)
Max Range:
513 miles (826 km; 446 nm)
(Showcased performance values pertain to the Vultee BT-13A Valiant production model; Compare this aircraft entry against any other in our database)
None.
(Showcased armament details pertain to the Vultee BT-13A Valiant production model)
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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