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Vultee BT-13 Valiant

(Variants/Other Names: BT-15; SNV-1; SNV-2B)

BT-15 Vultee Vibrator
BT-15 photo by Col. Harlan Short. Used with permission of Commemorative Air Force, Dallas-Fort Worth Wing.

History:  With retractable landing gear and a powerful engine, the Vultee V-54 basic combat trainer was too lavish for the cash-strapped United States Army Air Corps of 1938. So Vultee redesigned the aircraft and made it less complicated. The first order for 300 new BT-13 Valiants was placed in September of 1939, and it would become the most widely-used American training aircraft of World War Two.

The Vultee BT-13 had a continuous canopy with its crew of two sitting in tandem behind dual controls. It was also equipped with blind flying instruments to teach new pilots the basics of flying at night or in foul weather. BT-13 students soon gave the airplane a nickname which described its most memorable characteristic: Vultee Vibrator.

The only major variant of the BT-13 was the BT-13B, which featured a revised electrical system. Because of the speed with which the BT-13s were built, there was soon a shortage of Pratt & Whitney Wasp Junior engines. To overcome the shortage and maintain production levels, the BT-15, using a Wright Whirlwind engine, was then introduced. Two thousand BT-13s and BT-13Bs were transferred to the US Navy, where they were designated the SNV-1 and SNV-2B.

When production ceased in 1944, 11,537 Valiants had been produced. The Valiant was retired at the end of the war, but over 100 of these aircraft are still registered in the United States today, although it is believed that less than half are actively airworthy. 

Nicknames: The Vultee Vibrator, The Bee Tee

Specifications (BT-13A):
        Engine: One 450-hp Pratt & Whitney R-985-AN-1 Wasp Junior radial piston engine
        Weight: Empty 3,375 lbs., Max Takeoff 4,496 lbs.
        Wing Span: 42ft. 0in.
        Length: 28ft. 10in.
        Height: 11ft. 6in.
            Maximum Speed: 180 mph
            Ceiling: 21,650 ft.
            Range: 725 miles
        Armament: None

Number Built: 11,537

Number Still Airworthy: ~50

Cockpit Photo:

(Click for larger)

AeroWeb BT-13 Page
BT-13 Vultee History and Information Site -- Discussion boards, photo galleries, and more.
CAF West Houston Squadron BT-13 Page
USAF Museum BT-13 Page
Valiant Echoes -- Michael Kennedy's unique BT-13 airshow act.
Vultee Express -- A pristine BT-13 available for airshows and for display.
'Wings of the North' BT-15 project -- Detailed information and photos about a BT under restoration in Chaska, Minnesota.

BT-13A Basic Trainer
Student's Manual:

Originally created by the U.S. Army Air Force Training Command, this Basic Training Student Manual features the BT-13A throughout, and describes all aspects of flight training circa 1944. It puts you right in the cockpit of one of history’s great planes.




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