Beechcraft T-34C Mentor

A picture of the Beechcraft T-34C Mentor

The T-34 Mentor was developed as a private venture by the Beechcraft company in the late 1940s as an inexpensive alternative to the North American T-6 Texan. The T-34A was produced for the U.S. Air Force beginning in 1953, and the T-34B for the U.S. Navy began production two years later. Both versions were powered by piston engines. Nearly two thousand were built by factories in the U.S., Canada, Japan, and Argentina by 1959. The T-34C was developed in the 1973 at the request of the U.S. Navy and featured a change to a turbo-prop engine and other modernizations. This version was built up until 1990.

Wingspan

33 ft 4 in.

Length

28 ft 8 in.

Height

9 ft 7 in.

Weight

4,300 lbs (loaded)

Maximum Speed

320 MPH

Service Ceiling

30,000 ft

Range

708 miles

Engine

One Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-25 turboprop with 550 horsepower

Crew

2

Manufacturer
Beechcraft

Markings
Training Air Wing 4 (TAW-4,) Naval Air Station Corpus Christy, Texas, 2011

Serial Number
164172

Designation
T-34C

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