Vultee BT-13B Valiant

  • Vultee BT-13B Valiant
  • Vultee BT-13B Valiant
  • Vultee BT-13B Valiant
  • Vultee BT-13B Valiant
  • Vultee BT-13B Valiant

History of the BT-13 Valiant

The BT-13 aircraft were basic trainers used by the United States (US) Army Air Forces during World War II. As the second of the three-phase training plan for pilots, these aircraft required the student pilot to use a two-way radio communication with the ground and to operate landing flaps as well as a two-position, variable pitch propeller. These aircraft were much faster and more complex than the other trainers used at the time.

Vultee BT-13B Valiant Blueprint

Vultee BT-13B Valiant

Serial Number: 42-90406

Manufacturer: Vultee Aircraft Corporation

Crew: Two (Instructor and student)

Engines: One Pratt & Whitney R-985-AN-1 Wasp Jr. 9-cylinder radial; 450 horsepower

Wingspan: 42 feet 2 inches

Length: 28 feet 8 1/2 inches

Height: 12 feet 4 3/8 inches

Weight: 3,345 pounds (empty); 4,360 pounds (loaded) (maximum)

Speed: 140 mph at 5,500 feet (cruising); 166 mph at 1,400 feet (maximum)

Range: 516 miles

Service Ceiling: 16,500 feet

Armament: None

Cost: $23,068 (average BT-13 cost of unit as of 1942)

The BT-13 Valiant at Hill Air Force Base

During World War II, Hill Air Force Base maintained and overhauled the engine used in the BT-13 trainers. As the most widely used training aircraft during World War II, the Valiant was vital to getting our airmen trained and prepared to take to the skies. Over the course of its lifetime, over 9,000 Valiant’s were built.

The BT-13 on display was disposed of as surplus just a month after its assembly in 1944. In 1992, this aircraft was fully restored and acquired by Hill Aerospace Museum for display.

How was the BT-13 used?

The Valiant was the basic trainer used by American pilots during the Second World War.

How much did the BT-13 cost to produce?

In 1939, the BT-13 cost $20,000 per aircraft.

How many Valiants were built?

A total of 9,525 were built by Vultee Aircraft.

How fast could the BT-13 fly?

The Valiant had a top speed of 180 mph.

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