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T-34 "Mentor"

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T-34 Mentor

The T-34 “Mentor” aircraft was developed from the Beechcraft Model 45 as an interim trainer between T-6s and later jet trainers. Designated T-34A by the Air Force in March 1950, three of these planes were tested and evaluated and ultimately selected to be the Air Force’s primary trainer. In 1953, the plane was redesignated T-34A Mentor and went into production. Beech built 350 planes for the USAF and 100 more were built by Canadian Car and Foundry in Montreal. The Navy also ordered model T-34B, and 423 of these were delivered to the Navy. Production was halted in October 1957. T-34As, as primary trainers, were obsoleted in 1960 with the advent of jet training. Excellent stability and a high ultimate flight load factor of 10 were features which made the T-34A perfect for training and even “aerobatics.” From the first prototype flight on December 2, 1948, the plane had won every evaluation contest it had participated in. Foreign air forces were also supplied with the Mentor; e.g., RCAF (25), Japan, JASDF (140), Philippine AF (36), and Argentina (75). Through the Military Assistance Program, several other countries received Mentors. Later, in 1973, model T-34C, the Turbo Mentor, was developed by Beech for the Navy, and as of March 1, 1979, 163 of these had been received out of the initial contract for 184.

TECHNICAL NOTES:

Manufacturer: Beech
Wing Area: 177.6 sq ft
Length: 25′ 10″
Height: 9′ 7″
Empty Weight: 2,055 lbs
Gross Weight: 2,900 lbs
Quantity Produced (All Models): 1,215
Speed: 189 mph
Range: 975 st mi
Altitude: 20,000 ft
Power Plant: One 225-horsepower Continental O-470-13 flat-six engine
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