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Prior to World War II, US pilots were trained on biplanes. The PT-19 (after “Primary Training”), a development of the civilian Fairchild M-62, was the first monoplane in which US pilots could be trained and it came along at just the right time: the first prototype was revealed in 1939, and in 1940 the US Army Air Corps ordered the first batch of 275. The PT was inexpensive, easy to maintain and virtually immune to technical failures. After the war several of them entered civilian service; an estimated 100 machines are still in use today.

The Fairchild PT-19 on display at AIRPOWER16 belongs to the Flying Bulls’ aircraft collection and, as you would expect with the Flying Bulls, has been restored to its former glory – as good as, if not better, than new.

  • © Red Bull Content Pool / Helge Kirchberger

© Red Bull Content Pool / Helge Kirchberger

Facts & Figures

Crew 2
Length 8.3 m
Span 11 m
Height 2.3 m
Max. take-off weight 1270 kg
Power plant Power 1 x Ranger 6-440-CS 200 HP
Max. speed 210 km/h
Rage 690 km
Operational ceiling 4663 m
Display Static