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Beech T-34 Mentor. A photo. Characteristic.
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Beech T-34 Mentor. A photo. Characteristic.

Beech T-34 Mentor. A photo. Characteristic.

US / Japan

A type: single-engine training aircraft primary education

Capacity: two pilots, arranged one behind the other (the pilot and three passengers, seated side by side in a modification of LM-1)

Based on a particularly successful model of civil aircraft 35 «Bonanza» (Bonanza) airplane model 45 «Mentor» (Mentor - Mentor) was built in 1948, in the hope of expected demand for the new US Air Force aircraft initial training. Nevertheless, it would take five years before a training aircraft of "Beach" was chosen to fill this niche.

US Air Force carried out a comparative test a large number of machines. As part of this evaluation test Air Force acquired three pre-production aircraft, "Mentor" under the designation YT-34. After the plane has been selected, the company "Beach" set 350 Training Command T-34A aircraft from its factory in Wichita (plus 100 copies of the Canadian company "Kar End Foundry" (Sag & Foundry), deliveries began in 1954 year. That same year, the US Navy selected plane "Mentor" as their primary uchebnotrenirovochnogo aircraft and aircraft modifications 423 purchased T-34V. A number of Air Force of other countries around the globe following the example of the US aircraft purchases have also chosen "Mentor", the Argentine firm FMA gathered 75 aircraft for its air force, and the Japanese Manufacturing company "Fuji» (Fuji) built under license 124 aircraft for the Japanese Self-Defense Forces, The latest of these firms subsequently developed a four-seater aircraft modification and "mentor" with a more powerful engine to replace the main aircraft T-34A.

With I960 years after the adoption of the US Air Force through training programs on the jets, "Mentor" planes began to be replaced on the other, even though the United States Navy continued to use T-34V until the end of 1970-ies, when the operation began arriving aircraft T-34S " Turbo Mentor »(Turbo Mentor). As almost the main favorite of enthusiasts of historic military aircraft (especially in the US), "Mentor" aircraft in the amount of about 100 copies of more than 1300 built remain in the military.

Basic data

dimensions:

  • Length: 7,87 m
  • Wingspan: 10,01 m
  • Height: 3,04 m

Power point: 0-470-13 (on the modification of the T-34A) or 0-470-4 (on the modification of the T-34V) of "Rolls-Royce"

Power: 225 l. from. (168 kW)

The weight:

  • BLANK: 932 kg
  • Maximum take-off: 1315 kg

Date of first flight:

  • December 2 1948 years

Aircraft performance characteristics:

  • Maximum speed: 302 km / h
  • Range: 1238 km

The surviving airworthymodifications in the hands of civilians:

34A T / V and "Fuji» LM-1

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