BT-13A Valiant Pilot Manual
Equipped with a more powerful engine and a larger, heavier airframe than primary training aircraft, Vultee's BT-13 served an important role as a secondary-level trainer for the U.S. Army Air Corps and Navy. Designed by Vultee's Richard Palmer, the BT-13 was adapted from plans for a fighter aircraft. The prototype first flew in May of 1939, and by August 300 were on order. By war's end over 11,500 BT-13s and variants would be produced, more than any other trainer.
Featuring a cantilever low-wing and fixed landing gear, the BT-13 appeared to be of all-metal
construction, but it actually relied on fabric-covered control surfaces. The powerplant was a Pratt & Whitney R-985 radial engine capable of producing 450hp. Nicknamed the "Vultee Vibrator" because of its tendency to shake as it approached stall speed, the BT-13 was nevertheless beloved by student pilots and instructors alike. Several variants of the aircraft were built including the BT-13A and BT-15 equipped with alternate powerplants. Roughly 2,000 BT-13As and BT-13Bs were transferred to the Navy, which designated them as SNV-1 and SNV-2 respectively. Originally created by the U.S. Army Air Force Training Command, this Basic Training Student Manual features the BT-13A throughout, and describes all aspects of flight training circa 1944. It puts you right in the cockpit of one of history's great planes.
8x10, 142 pages, full color covers, black and white interior.