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1957 Beech T-34 Mentor

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T-34 Beech Aircraft









A prototype for this plane, derived from the civil V-tail Bonanza, first took flight on December 2, 1948 as a military trainer for Air Force tests and evaluation.

The T-34 Mentor began as a private venture designed by Walter Beech shortly after WW II. Beech felt that there was a market for a military trainer based on the Model 35 Bonanza which had been flying for about a year.

Beech used the Bonanza as a starting point and began work on the design of the Model 45. The first two prototypes were powered by 205 hp Continental engines while the third had a more powerful 225 horsepower engine. The prototype made its first flight Dec. 2, 1948. The aircraft were then shown to the Air Force which ordered three military test aircraft under the designation YT-34. It wasn't until late 1952 the Air Force ordered the YT-34 into production under the designation T-34.

T-34 recently completed restoration by museum volunteers for completion as static display.Restoration group was headed by Gary Woodall.  Great job!

The T-34 spent a quarter of a century in use as a pilot trainer. The first of 350 aircraft were delivered to the Air Force in 1953 with the Navy receiving its first of 423 aircraft in 1954.

The T-34 design was rugged and reliable and best of all it was all metal construction. Many trainers as late as WW II were not. The T-34 also had many parts in common with different models of the Beech Bonanza and Debonair. Replacement parts were readily available and kept costs down.



Mentor
N34NL
S/N BG-139


Both the Air Force and the Navy found it to be an excellent aircraft. Particularly for the intermediate phase of training before going to jet aircraft.

In 1973, some T-34s received turboprop engines with about twice the power of the piston engine. This model, the T-34B, was used both as a trainer and light attack aircraft. The U.S. Navy and some Latin American countries are still using the turboprop version today.This one came to us from Lemoore Naval Air Station, where it was used by the base flying club as a non-military trainer, hence the civil registration [N34NL]. Apparently someone forgot to lower the wheels, a major requirement for successful landings, and we became the recipient for restoration to non-flying display status. It doesn't look like much at this stage, but wait until our magicians get their hands on it. It ran out of gas and crashed through a fence near Hearst Castle.

2-15-2012. This particular plane has sat, untouched for several years while the ownership papers were stuck in limbo. This has been resolved and it is now our number one restoration project.   Watch this page for an update.










Manufactured by Beech Aircraft Corp, Wichita KS.

Power plant: 240 hp Continental 0-470-4
Wingspan: 32'1 0"
Length: 25' 11 "
Height: 9' 7 "
Wing area: 117.6 sq ft
Empty weight: 2,055 lbs
Gross weight: 2,900 lbs
Maximum speed: 188 mph
Cruising speed: 173 mph
Landing speed: 60 mph
Ceiling: 20,000 ft
Range: 975 statute miles
Status:

Currently under restoration for
Static Display

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