BT-13 BT-13 Indiana Wing
|Power||1 × Pratt & Whitney R-985-AN-1 nine-cylinder air-cooled radial engine, 450 hp|
|Length||28 ft 10 in|
|Height||11 ft 6 in|
|Wingspan||42 ft 0 in|
Vultee BT-13 Valiant, Col. Greg Mahler
An American basic trainer flown by most student pilots during World War II. It was the second phase of the three phase training program for pilots. After primary training, the student pilot moved to the more complex Vultee for basic flight training. The BT-13 had larger engine and was faster and heavier than the primary trainers. It required the student pilot to use two way radio and to operate landing flaps and a two-position variable pitch propeller. A variant is the BT-15.
The Vultee BT-13 Valiant was an American World War II-era basic trainer aircraft built by Vultee Aircraft for the United States Army Air Corps, and later US Army Air Forces. A subsequent variant of the BT-13 in USAAC/USAAF service was known as the BT-15 Valiant, while an identical version for the US Navy was known as the SNV and was used to train naval aviators for the US Navy and its sister services, the US Marine Corps and US Coast Guard.