The PT-19 Cornell was designed to be a more advanced primary trainer, in that it had many of the same characteristics of the Boeing/Stearman PT-13, but had a wing-loading factor that was about 43% more than the PT-13. In this way the PT-19 provided the USAAC pilots with a trainer that more like the fighters they would eventually fly, rather than the older biplanes. Other advantages were that the Cornell had instruments for blind-flying, and could be fitted with a hood over the front cockpit for blind-flying training. 774 examples were built by Fairchild, with another 143 being built by Aeronca.
Additional information on this aircraft
can be found at Wikipedia
(updated February 2009)
Fairchild PT-19 Cornell
Type: two-seat primary trainer Crew: 2 Armament: none Specifications: Length: 27' 8.5" (8.45 m) Height: 7' 7.5" (2.97 m) Wingspan: 36' 0" (10.97 m) Wing area: 200 sq. ft (18.58 sq. m) Empty Weight: 2022 lb (917 kg) Max Weight: 2736 lb (1241 kg) max at takeoff Propulsion: No. of Engines: 1 Powerplant: Ranger L-440-C5 inline Horsepower: 200 hp Performance: Range: 400 miles (644 km) Cruise Speed: 101 mph ( 163 km/h) Max Speed: 122 mph ( 196 km/h) at 9000 ft Ceiling: 13,200 ft (4025 m)
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