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BT-13
BT-13

The Vultee BT-13 was the basic trainer "BT" aircraft flown by most pilots during World War II. It was most widely used by the USAAF and the US Navy. It was utilized in the second of a three phase training program for pilots. After completing primary training in "PT" aircraft, the student pilot transitioned to the more complex Vultee.

The BT-13 had a more powerful engine, was both faster and heavier than the primary trainers, and introduced the pilot to two way radio communication procedures. It also trained students in the use of landing flaps and variable pitch propellers. It was affectionately nick-named the "Vultee Vibrator" by those who flew it. The BT-13 is powered by a Pratt & Whitney R-985 engine, which develops 450 horsepower on takeoff. Only a few of these aircraft remain in flying condition today. 

This aircraft was originally manufactured by Vultee Aircraft, in Nashville, Tennessee and was delivered to the USAAF on August 5th, 1941. It has since been completely restored to mint condition, and is displayed at numerous Airshows all over the United States each year.

The Vultee BT-13 is a two-seat Basic Trainer "BT" aircraft that was used to train military pilots during World War II. It has a wing span of 42 feet and is about 20 feet in length. It measures a little over 12 feet in height and has a total wing area of 238 square feet. The cantilever wings are all metal structures. The ailerons and flaps are of metal construction with fabric covering.

The forward fuselage is a welded steel tubing structure covered with detachable sheet metal panels for ease of inspection and repair. The aft fuselage section is of all sheet metal construction. The tail control surfaces are fabric covered metal assemblies similar to the ailerons. The BT-13 features a fixed-type conventional landing gear system with hydraulic brakes. The radial engine is a Pratt & Whitney R-985, which develops 450 horsepower on takeoff.

The two cockpits are arranged in a tandem configuration with fully functioning dual controls. Equipment includes a full navigation system and night flying capability.

Type: Two-seat basic trainer
Wing Span: 42 feet, 2 inches
Length: 28 feet, 8 inches
Height: 12 feet, 5 inches
Empty Weight: 3,375 lbs
Max Take-off Weight 4,496 lbs
Total Built: 11,537
Total In Existence Today: 50 to 70 are flying today
Powerplant: 450 hp Pratt & Whitney R-985 Wasp Junior Radial
Maximum Speed: 180 mph
Cruising Speed: 120 mph
Service Ceiling: 19,400 feet
Range: 880 statute miles