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Beech T-34C 'Mentor'

Description
Notes: Improved T-34B.
  Manufacturer:Beech


  Base model:T-34
  Designation:T-34
  Version:C
  Nickname:Mentor
  Designation System:U.S. Air Force
  Designation Period:1948-Present
  Basic role:Trainer
  Crew:2

Specifications
  Length: 28' 8" 8.7 m
  Height:9' 10" 3.0 m
  Wingspan: 33' 3.9" 10.1 m
  Wingarea: 179.9 sq ft 16.7 sq m
  Empty Weight: 2,630 lb 1,192 kg
  Max Weight: 4,300 lb 1,950 kg

Propulsion
  No. of Engines: 1
  Powerplant: Pratt & Whitney PT6A-25
  Horsepower (each): 715

Performance
  Range: 749 miles 1,206 km
  Cruise Speed: 247 mph 397 km/h 214 kt
  Max Speed: 257 mph 413 km/h 223 kt
  Climb: 1,275 ft/min 388 m/min
  Ceiling: 30,000 ft 9,143 m

Operators (Past and Present)
USN VA-42 Oceana VA
USN VF-124 Miramar CA
USN VFA-106 Cecil Field FL
USN VFA-125 Lemoore CA
USMC VMFAT-101 El Toro CA
USN VT-2 Whiting Field FL
USN VT-3 Whiting Field FL
USN VT-6 Whiting Field FL
USN VT-27 Corpus Christi TX
USN VT-86 Pensacola FL

Known serial numbers
160265 / 160282, 160462 / 160536, 160629 / 160651, 160931 / 160963, 161023 / 161056, 161790 / 161849 , 162247 / 162306 , 162620 / 162649 , 164155 / 164173


 

Recent comments by our visitors
 CDR Chris Armitage USN (Ret)
 CHesapeake, VA
In my active career with the US Navy, the most enjoyable tour I ever had was that of a Primary Flight Instructor in VT-3 at NAS Whiting Field. If I could have done that for 20 years I would have. It is the only duty htat truly tests your inner capabilities where the students mission is to "Kill the Instructor" and yours is to keep the Student from achieving that mission. If the Instructor does his/her job better than the student, the student will learn along the way. In addition I got the chance to be part of TRAWING-5's Instructor Training Unit where we taught Insturctors to be Instructors. When I got to Pensacola for duty, I was a Fleet Pilot that tought he could walk on water. When I left after being an Instructor for 3 years, I was truly a Naval Aviator that could handle any situation that I encountered. My hat is off to those who have come after me for the last 27 years and who continue to train the Fleet and make Naval Aviation the best in the world.
01/22/2014 @ 13:13 [ref: 68312]
 R Gonza
 Savannah, GA
"Doer Birds"- Fly Navy- Die Navy!

"Gaucho!"
08/29/2012 @ 02:43 [ref: 66458]
 Brent Morris
 Las Vegas, NV
Flew the Navy T-34C a couple a thousand hours as an IP with VT-3 at NAS N.Whiting Field near Pensacola, FL. A beautiful plane, performed like a WW2 fighter and could have been one as there are wing hard points for weapons. Fast, aerobatic, solidly built, great flight control response rate, balanced flight controls, highly maneuverable, awesome climb rate.

Those of us who flew the T-34C, with VT-3 and with those hundreds of aspiring Navy student pilots shall treasure those moments and memories forever.


07/21/2012 @ 23:28 [ref: 63812]
 Guillermo Parra
 Quito, FL
please send brochure
05/31/2012 @ 08:39 [ref: 58387]
 matt wright
 richardson, TX
MY FATEHR INLAW IS INTERESTED IN PURCHASING A T-34C. HE WAS A TEST PILOT LOGGING SEVERAL THOUSAND HOURS IN THE PLANE. HOW MUCH AND WHERE DO I LOOK?
05/13/2012 @ 13:50 [ref: 57094]
 santiago
 p.pines, FL
Hello , we need buy 2 PT6A-25 in AR cond or OH , plase if have information let me know .
thanks for your help.
12/02/2011 @ 18:29 [ref: 50943]
 Davis Aviation
 Brandon, MS
We have one T34C available for sale. I do have a second one with an extended delivery but it will be more for parts. Call with any questions. 601-936-0777. Davisaviation.com
09/08/2011 @ 03:34 [ref: 48794]
 David Baker
 Sacramento, CA
I've only flown the T-34A/B, and just love the old bird. From what I've read about the turboprop version, it's a completely different animal. A couple of Navy pilots I talked to said it was a good trainer, just as the recip version was, and handled fairly well. One day when my ship comes in, I hope to purchase a T-34 and just cruise around California.
01/15/2010 @ 04:32 [ref: 25577]
 @ziz
 , FL
Mr commender! in WA ...! a real aviator never forgets his old school ! the T-34c is awesome aircraft and , it did improve the training
08/22/2008 @ 20:55 [ref: 22528]
 commander
 seattle, WA
Aziz in Morrocccoooo, t34c unimpressive? you never were in one. it could actually outfly the t37. recip t34 was doggie but still had 225 horses and killed most civilian flyers, they put bungee cords on the flight controls to stop the roll rate. I flew both as a real aviator, US Navy.
08/05/2008 @ 21:32 [ref: 22363]

 

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