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Vultee BT-13 Valiant


Basic Trainer Aircraft


United States | 1939



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



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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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Power & Performance
Those special qualities that separate one aircraft design from another. Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for the Vultee BT-13A Valiant Basic Trainer Aircraft.
1 x Pratt & Whitney R-985-AN-1 Wasp Jr 9-cylinder radial engine developing 450 horsepower.
Propulsion
183 mph
295 kph | 159 kts
Max Speed
16,503 ft
5,030 m | 3 miles
Service Ceiling
513 miles
826 km | 446 nm
Operational Range
City-to-City Ranges
Operational range when compared to distances between major cities (in KM).
NYC
 
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PAR
 
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BER
 
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MOS
 
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Structure
The nose-to-tail, wingtip-to-wingtip physical qualities of the Vultee BT-13A Valiant Basic Trainer Aircraft.
2
(MANNED)
Crew
28.7 ft
8.76 m
O/A Length
42.2 ft
(12.86 m)
O/A Width
12.3 ft
(3.75 m)
O/A Height
4,365 lb
(1,980 kg)
MTOW
Design Balance
The three qualities reflected below are altitude, speed, and range. The more full the box, the more balanced the design.
RANGE
ALT
SPEED
Variants
Notable series variants as part of the Vultee BT-13 Valiant family line.
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.
Operators
Global customers who have evaluated and/or operated the Vultee BT-13 Valiant. Nations are displayed by flag, each linked to their respective national aircraft listing.

Total Production: 11,537 Units

Contractor(s): Vultee Aircraft - USA
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[ Australia; Chile; China; Egypt; France; Honduras; Peru; Soviet Union; United States ]
Relative Max Speed
Hi: 200mph
Lo: 100mph
Aircraft Max Listed Speed (183mph).

Graph Average of 150 MPH.
Era Crossover
Pie graph section
Pie graph section
Showcasing Aircraft Era Crossover (if any)
Max Alt Visualization
Small airplane graphic
Production Comparison
11537
36183
44000
Entry compared against Ilyushin IL-2 (military) and Cessna 172 (civilian) total production.
MACH Regime (Sonic)
Sub
Trans
Super
Hyper
HiHyper
ReEntry
RANGES (MPH) Subsonic: <614mph | Transonic: 614-921 | Supersonic: 921-3836 | Hypersonic: 3836-7673 | Hi-Hypersonic: 7673-19180 | Reentry: >19030
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Mission Roles
Some designs are single-minded in their approach while others offer a more versatile solution to airborne requirements.
TRAINING
Recognition
Some designs stand the test of time while others are doomed to never advance beyond the drawing board; let history be their judge.
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