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BT-13 Valiant Vibrator

$204.95
BT-13 Valiant Vibrator
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Item Description:Item Number: 1874
Scale: 1/30 scale model

Wing Span: 16.75

Length: 11.5

The BT-13 Valiant was an American World War II-era basic trainer aircraft built by Vultee Aircraft. The BT-13 was the basic trainer flown by most American 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 a more powerful engine and was faster and heavier than the primary trainer. It required the student pilot to use two way radio communications with the ground and to operate landing flaps and a two-position variable pitch propeller. It did not, however, have retractable landing gear nor a hydraulic system. The large flaps are operated by a crank-and-cable system. Its pilots nicknamed it the "Vultee Vibrator."

Unfortunately, the BT-13 was not without its faults. The tail was held on with only three bolts and after several in-flight failures, the Navy restricted the aircraft from aerobatic and violent maneuvers. Both users, the Navy and Army decided to replace the trainer, both did so before the end of the war.

This handcrafted model is painstakingly built from Philippine mahogany by our skilled craftsmen with a wealth of detail and makes a great gift for any veteran, aviation enthusiast or history buff.

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