At the beginning of WWII the U.S. found itself badly in need of aircraft, especially training aircraft. The company of Fleetwings, Inc. was given the task of building a basic trainer for the USAAF under the designation BT-12. It was a conventional low-wing monoplane with fixed gear and dual fully-functional cockpits. The unconventional feature of the BT-12 lay in its construction, which in large part was of stainless steel (not aluminum). Fabrication was almost entirely of spot or seam welding. In addition to the initial prototype, 24 examples were produced and delivered during 1942-43.
Additional information on this aircraft
can be found at Wikipedia
(updated February 2009)
Type: two-seat basic trainer Crew: 2: pilot, trainee Armament: none Specifications: Length: 29' 2" (8.89 m) Height: 8' 8" (2.64 m) Wingspan: 40' 0" (12.19 m) Wing area: 240.4 sq. ft (23.33 sq. m) Empty Weight: 3173 lb (1439 kg) Max Weight: 4410 lb (2000 kg) max at takeoff Propulsion (N3N-3): No. of Engines: 1 Powerplant: Pratt & Whitney R-985-25 Junior Wasp radial Horsepower: 450 hp Performance: Range: 550 miles (885 km) Cruise Speed: 175 mph ( 282 km/h) Max Speed: 195 mph ( 314 km/h) Ceiling: 23,800 ft (7255 m)
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