s/n (BuAero 156739)
Regarded as the most attractive of the low-wing trainers of World War 2, this series produced by Vultee from 1940 to 1944 far out-numbered all other basic trainers, and was used in this capacity by all services to transition fledgling aviators into higher horsepower ships.
Roomy, relatively docile, and dependable, the Valiant soon acquired the popular nickname by its pilots of "Vibrator" for its maverick actions in stall buffeting. Fully aerobatic, heavy- handed cadets quickly learned more judicous and sensitive use of the controls, and made their transition into Advanced trainers much easier. Well regarded for its physical integrity, there were no recorded in-flight structural failures — which is quite remarkable considering its use.
Manufactured by Vultee Aircraft Inc, Nashville TN.
|450hp Pratt & Whitney R-985-AN-1|
|Height:||11' 6 "|
|Wing area:||239 sf|
|Empty weight:||3,375 lbs|
|Gross weight:||4,496 lbs|
|Maximum speed:||180 mph|
|Cruising speed:||140 mph|
|Landing speed:||52 mph|
|Range:||725 statute miles|
|Status:||On Display/Privately Owned* - Operational|
*Some of the aircraft listed "On Display/Privately Owned," are privately owned by individuals or corporations and are proudly displayed at the Estrella Warbirds Museum. The Estrella WarBirds Museum does not own, restore, operate nor maintain flyable aircraft.
We are grateful that the owners display their aircraft at the museum for the public to view.
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