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Vultee BT-13 Valiant

Basic Trainer Aircraft

Vultee BT-13 Valiant

Basic Trainer Aircraft

OVERVIEW
SPECIFICATIONS
ARMAMENT
VARIANTS
HISTORY
MEDIA
OVERVIEW



The Vultee BT-13 Valiant was one of the more outstanding trainer aircraft of World War 2.
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ORIGIN: United States
YEAR: 1939
MANUFACTURER(S): Vultee Aircraft - USA
PRODUCTION: 11,537
OPERATORS: Australia; Chile; China; Egypt; France; Honduras; Peru; Soviet Union; United States
SPECIFICATIONS



Unless otherwise noted the presented statistics below pertain to the Vultee BT-13A Valiant model. Common measurements, and their respective conversions, are shown when possible.
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 pounds (1,980 kilograms)
ENGINE: 1 x Pratt & Whitney R-985-AN-1 Wasp Jr 9-cylinder radial engine developing 450 horsepower.
SPEED (MAX): 183 miles-per-hour (295 kilometers-per-hour; 159 knots)
RANGE: 513 miles (826 kilometers; 446 nautical miles)
CEILING: 16,503 feet (5,030 meters; 3.13 miles)




ARMAMENT



None.
VARIANTS



Series Model 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.


HISTORY



Detailing the development and operational history of the Vultee BT-13 Valiant Basic Trainer Aircraft.  Entry last updated on 8/26/2017. 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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Our Data Modules allow for quick visual reference when comparing a single entry against contemporary designs. Areas covered include general ratings, speed assessments, and relative ranges based on distances between major cities.

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Relative Maximum Speed Rating
Hi: 200mph
Lo: 100mph
    This entry's maximum listed speed (183mph).

    Graph average of 150 miles-per-hour.
City-to-City Ranges
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Graph showcases the Vultee BT-13A Valiant's operational range (on internal fuel) when compared to distances between major cities.
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Unit Production Comparison
Comm. Market HI*: 44,000 units
Military Market HI**: 36,183 units
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11537

  * Commercial Market High belongs to Cessna 172.

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


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A2A=Air-to-Air; UAV=Unmanned; CAS=Close Support; ASW=Anti-Submarine; AEW=Airborne Early Warning; MEDEVAC=Medical Evac; EW=Electronic Warfare; SAR=Search-Rescue
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
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Military lapel ribbon for the Berlin Airlift
Military lapel ribbon for the Chaco War
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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
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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
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Military lapel ribbon for the Yom Kippur War
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