Book Your Vintage Flight Today!
Vintage Flights' Fleet
Planes | Pilot Info | Pictures
Get to Know the Airplane
Aircraft Division, Boeing Airplane Co., Wichita, KS
Model Design: PT-17
Customer: US Army
Construction Number: 75-1864
Number: W535 AC-15923
Sales Order Number: 3053
Quantity of Airplanes Built on this Order: 1144
Boeing's Deliver Cost: $6,591.00
Engine Spec Number:
Model Number: R-670-5 220 H.P @ 2075
26 July 1941 US Army PT-17, s/n 41-8305, is accepted
by and delivered to the US Army at the Stearman Aircraft Division, Boeing
Airplane Company, Wichita, KS and is assigned to Maxwell Field, Montgomery,
Maxwell Field was the Headquarters of the Eastern Flying
Training Command and served as the storage and dispersal point of airplanes
being assigned to the Eastern Flying Training Command.
1941 Airplane arrives at Maxwell Field, Montgomery, AL
October 1941 Airplane is assigned to a CPS (Contract Pilot School),
Helena Aero Tech, 2161st Base Unit, Trainer Field, Rudolph A. VanDevere,
operator, West Helena, Arkansas.
12 Sept 1942 Airplane is
assigned to a CPS , the Hawthorne School of Aeronautics, 2162nd Base Unit,
Beverly E. Bevo Howard, operator, Orangeburg, South Carolina.
time of this assignment, this airplane had a total of 994.6 flying
hours since first being commissioned.
7 March 1943 Airplane
is assigned to a CPS, the Coast Aviation Corporation, 2359th Base Unit, Eagle
Field, Harry S. White and Alexis L. Ehrman, Jr,. operators, Dos Palos,
At the time of this assignment, this airplane
had a total of 1148.7 flying hours since first being commissioned.
31 July 1945 US Army PT-17, s/n 41-8305 is STRICKEN from US
Army records at Eagle Field, Dos Palos, California, and is turned over to the
RFC (Reconstruction Finance Corporation.)
T-6 History: First
The T-6 Texan two-place advanced trainer was the classroom for most of the
Allied pilots who flew in World War II. Called the SNJ by the Navy and the
Harvard by the RAF, the T-6 was designed as a transition trainer between basic
trainers and first-line tactical aircraft.
In all, the T-6 trained several hundred thousand pilots in 34 different
countries. A total of 15,495 of the planes were made. Though most famous as a
trainer, the T-6 Texan also won honors in World War II and in the early days of
the Korean War.
The Texan was an evolution of the company's BC-1 basic combat trainer, which
was first produced for the U.S. Army Air Corps with fixed landing gear in 1937
under a contract that called for 174 planes. It was designed by North American
Aviation as a low-cost trainer with all the characteristics of a high-speed
fighter. Although not as fast as a fighter, it was easy to maintain and repair,
had more maneuverability and was easier to handle. A pilot's airplane, it could
roll, Immelmann, loop, spin, snap, and vertical roll. It was designed to give
the best possible training in all types of tactics, from ground strafing to
bombardment and aerial dogfighting, and contained such versatile equipment as
bomb racks, blind flying instrumentation, gun and standard cameras, fixed and
flexible guns, and just about every other device that military pilots had to