Fairchild PT-26 Cornell

Pima Air and Space Museum Aircraft

Manufacturer
Fairchild
Markings
Royal Canadian Air Force, 1943. Displayed partially unskinned to show internal structure.
Designation
PT-26
Registration
N1270N
Serial Number
10530

Fairchild PT-26 Cornell

The Fairchild PT-26 is the third in a family of three primary trainers introduced in 1939. Designed to replace the biplane trainers then in use the single, low-winged Cornell more accurately reflected the front line fighters that cadets would later be asked to fly in combat. The PT-19 was the basic version of the Cornell while the PT-23 had the same basic airframe with a radial engine fitted. Fleet Aircraft of Canada built most PT-26s with an enclosed cockpit and other cold weather modifications for use by the Royal Canadian Air Force. Cornells served in Canada until they were phased out of service in 1947. Fairchild and Fleet built over 1,700 PT-26s.

Specifications
Wingspan 35 ft 11 in
Length 27 ft 8 in
Height 7 ft 9 in
Weight 2,450 lbs (loaded)
Max. Speed 124 mph
Service Ceiling 16,000 ft
Range 480 miles
Engines 1 Ranger L-440-3 piston engine with 200 horsepower
Crew 2