Beechcraft
T-34
Mentor
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Denton Municipal Airport
Denton, Texas

Photo: Robert Deering 6/15/2013
Denton Municipal Airport
Denton, Texas

Photo: Robert Deering 6/15/2013
Denton Municipal Airport
Denton, Texas

Photo: Robert Deering 6/15/2013
Denton Municipal Airport
Denton, Texas

Photo: Robert Deering 6/15/2013
Denton Municipal Airport
Denton, Texas
The U.S. Air Force used the T-34A for primary flight training during the 1950s. The original Mentor, a Beechcraft Model 45 derived from the famous Beechcraft Bonanza, was first flown in December 1948. The first military prototype, designated YT-34 by the USAF, made its initial flight in May 1950.

After extensive testing, the USAF ordered the Mentor into production as the T-34A in early 1953. The first production T-34A was delivered to Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., in October 1953 for evaluation, and deliveries to the Air Training Command began in 1954. Deliveries the T-34B to the Navy also began in 1954.

The Mentor remained the standard USAF primary trainer until the introduction of the Cessna T-37 jet trainer in the late 1950s. As they were replaced by T-37s, many T-34s were turned over to base aero clubs. In all, the USAF acquired 450 T-34As. Three hundred fifty were built in the United States and 100 more were produced in Canada under license.

In April 1975 the Navy ordered an improved version of the aircraft that featured a 400 horsepower Pratt & Whitney PT6A-25 turboprop, designated as the T-34C. The aircraft were employed in the first stage of flight training for prospective Naval Aviators and also provide aerobatic familiarization for future Naval Flight Officers. In 2002 the Navy began a gradual phasing out of the T-34C, replacing it with the T-6A Texan II, a joint primary trainer for use by both the Navy and Air Force.

SPECIFICATIONS (T-34A):
   
Manufacturer: Beechcraft 
Type: Trainer 
Crew: Instructor and Student 
Powerplant: Continental O-470-13 of 225 hp  
Dememsions: Span::32 ft. 10 in.32 ft. 10 in.
Length::25 ft. 11 in.25 ft. 11 in.
Height: 9 ft. 7 in.
 
Weight: 2,900 lbs. loaded  
Performance: Maximum speed::191 mph191 mph
Range::821 miles821 miles
Ceiling::20,000 ft..
 

SOURCE: National Museum of the United States Air Force and National Museum of Naval Aviation
 
T-34C
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