Vultee Valiant

Specifications

1st Flight 1939

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)

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.

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