Vultee BT-13 Valiant

The Vultee BT-13 Valiant is an American World War II era basic trainer aircraft built by Vultee Aircraft for the United States Army Air Corps, and later US Army Air Forces.

A subsequent variant of the BT-13 in USAAC/USAAF service was known as the BT-15 Valiant, while an identical version for the US Navy was known as the SNV and was used to train naval aviators for the US Navy and its sister services, the US Marine Corps and US Coast Guard.

Variants

BC-3

Vultee Model V.51 with retractable landing gear and a 600hp P&W R-1340-45, one built, not developed.

BT-13

Vultee Model V.54 with fixed undercarriage and a 450hp P&W R-985-25 engine, 300 built.

BT-13A

As BT-13 but fitted with a 450hp R-985-AN-1 engine and minor changes, 6407 built, survivors re-designated T-13A in 1948.

BT-13B

As BT-13A but with a 24-volt electrical system, 1125 built.

BT-15

As BT-13A with a 450hp Wright R-975-11 engine, 1693 built.

XBT-16

One BT-13A was re-built in 1942 by Vidal with an all-plastic fuselage as the XBT-16.

SNV-1

BT-13As for the United States Navy, 1350 transferred from United States Army Air Corps.

SNV-2

BT-13Bs for the United States Navy, 650 transferred from United States Army Air Corps.

T-13A

Surviving BT-13As were re-designated in 1948, due to dual allocation of T-13 with the PT-13 in practice they were still known as the BT-13 to avoid confusion.

Specifications

Crew

2

Length

28 ft 10 in (8.79 m)

Wingspan

42 ft 0 in (12.80 m)

Height

11 ft 6 in (3.51 m)

Wing area

239 sq ft (22.2 m2)

Empty weight

3,375 lb (1,531 kg)

Gross weight

4,496 lb (2,039 kg)

Powerplant

1 × Pratt & Whitney R-985-AN-1 nine-cylinder air-cooled radial engine, 450 hp (340 kW)

Propellers

2-bladed Hamilton-Standard 2-position

Performance

Maximum speed

180 mph (290 km/h, 160 kn)

Range

725 mi (1,167 km, 630 nmi)

Service ceiling

21,650 ft (6,600 m)

Time to altitude

9.2 minutes to 10,000 ft (3,000 m).

 

 

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