Vultee BT-13A Valiant

Pima Air and Space Museum Aircraft

Manufacturer
Vultee
Markings
U.S. Army Air Forces, 1941
Designation
BT-13A
Serial Number
42-42353

Vultee BT-13A Valiant

Virtually every potential pilot trained by the Army Air Force in World War II did their Basic Flight course in a BT-13. The BT-13 was an excellent trainer for new pilots since it had very docile handling characteristics. One feature of the aircraft that was not appreciated led to its unflattering nickname “Vibrator.” In high speed flight the canopy rattled in a disconcerting manner that tended to distract new pilots. The first BT-13s entered Army service in 1939 and eventually more than 11,000 were built.

Specifications
Wingspan 42 ft
Length 28 ft 10 in
Height 11 ft 6 in
Weight #
Max. Speed 180 mph
Service Ceiling 21,650 ft
Range 725 miles
Engines 1 Pratt & Whitney R-985-AN-1 radial 450 hp
Crew 2