/ Consolidated PT-3
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Seeing the success of the Navy’s NY-1 modification of a PT-1 airframe, the USAAC came to the conclusion that a radial engine was indeed ideal for a trainer.
It was reliable and offered a good power-to-weight ratio.
Therefore, one PT-1 airframe was completed as XPT-2 with a 220 hp (164 kW) Wright J-5 Whirlwind radial engine.
The XPT-3 was almost identical to the XPT-2 except for the tail, revised wing panels and different shape.
130 production PT-3 aircraft were ordered in September 1927, with one being completed as the XO-17.
These were followed by 120 PT-3A aircraft with minor changes.
The XPT-3 became the XPT-5 when fitted with the Curtiss Challenger R-600 two-row six-cylinder radial engine, but was soon converted to PT-3 standard.
The PT-3 aircraft were superseded by the Boeing PT-13 Stearman starting in 1937, a number were still operational with the Spartan Flying School in Tulsa Oklahoma into the middle of World War II.
XPT-2, XPT-3, PT-3, PT-3A, XPT-4, XPT-5.
Length: 28 ft 1 in (8.56 m)
Wingspan: 34 ft 6 in (10.52 m)
Height: 10 ft 3 in (3.12 m)
Wing area: 300 ft2 (27.87 m2)
Empty weight: 1,785 lb (810 kg)
Max, take off weight: 2,481 lb (1,125 kg)
Power plant: 1 × Wright R-790-AB radial, 220 hp (164 kW)
Maximum speed: 102 mph (164 km/h)
Cruise speed: 81 mph (130 km/h)
Range: 300 miles (483 km)
Service ceiling: 14,000 ft (4,267 m)
Rate of climb: 658 ft/min (200 m/min)
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