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Thursday, September 22nd 2011, 12:12am

USAAF Basic Trainers

North American BT-9

North American BT-9, a two-seat basic trainer developed from the NA-16, has fixed undercarriage and 600hp Wright R-975 Whirlwind engine and enclosed cockpits. Dimensions 42/ 29.6/ 11.9/ 253.7 sq ft; 600hp Wright R-975 Whirlwind; max speed 195mph; cruising speed 150mph; service ceiling 21,000ft; range 700 miles.
Variants and production figures:
42 BT-9
40 BT-9A with one fixed and one dorsal .30in MG
117 BT-9B with improvements
67 BT-9C with improvements and armed like BT-9A
251 BT-14 of 1939 with more angular outer wings and new rudder and metal-covered fuselage and 450hp Pratt & Whitney R-985-25 Wasp Junior engine


Thursday, September 22nd 2011, 1:49am

Consolidated-Vultee BT-13 Valiant

Consolidated-Vultee BT-13 Valiant, a two-seat tandem monoplane basic trainer with fixed undercarriage developed from earlier private-venture models. Dimensions 42/ 28.10/ 11.6/ 239 sq ft; 450hp Pratt & Whitney R-895 radial; max speed 180mph; service ceiling 21,650ft; range 725 miles.
Variants and production figures: 300 BT-13, 400 BT-13A with different Wasp version.