Curtiss AT-9A Fledgling/"Jeep"

A picture of the Curtiss AT-9A Fledgling "Jeep"

The Curtiss AT-9 was designed to transition new pilots from single engine trainers to twin engine combat aircraft such as the B-26 and P-38.  A relatively difficult plane to fly and especially hard to land the Fledgling served well in the early years of World War II.  Nearly eight hundred AT-9s were built for the Army Air Force between 1941 and 1943.  After 1943, there were enough B-25 and B-26 bombers available for some of them to be used as trainers and the AT-9 was phased out of service.  Very few AT-9s entered the civil market after the war and none were used for long.

Wingspan

40 ft 4 in.

Length

31 ft 8 in.

Height

9 ft 10 in.

Weight

6,060 lbs (loaded)

Maximum Speed

197 MPH

Service Ceiling

19,000 ft

Range

750 miles

Engines

Two Lycoming R-680-13 radial engines with 280 horsepower each

Crew

2

Manufacturer
Curtiss Aircraft Company

Markings
Unrestored remains of original USAAF markings

Serial Number
42-56882

Designation
AT-9A "Jeep"

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