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Beech T-34 Mentor. A photo. Characteristic.
Beech T-34 Mentor. A photo. Characteristic.

Beech T-34 Mentor. A photo. Characteristic.

US / Japan

A type: single-engine training aircraft primary education

Capacity: two pilots, arranged one behind the other (the pilot and three passengers, seated side by side in a modification of LM-1)

Based on a particularly successful model of civil aircraft 35 «Bonanza» (Bonanza) airplane model 45 «Mentor» (Mentor - Mentor) was built in 1948, in the hope of expected demand for the new US Air Force aircraft initial training. Nevertheless, it would take five years before a training aircraft of "Beach" was chosen to fill this niche.

The US Air Force conducted a comparative test of a large number of machines. As part of this evaluation test, the Air Force purchased three pre-production Mentor aircraft under the designation YT-34. After the plane has been selected, the company "Beach" set Training Command 350 aircraft T-34A with its plant in Wichita (plus 100 copies of the Canadian company "Kar End Foundry" (Sag & Foundry), deliveries began in 1954 year. In the same year, the US Navy selected plane "mentor" as their primary uchebnotrenirovochnogo aircraft and acquired 423 aircraft modified T-34V. Air Force a number of other countries around the globe following the example of US procurement also selected plane "Mentor", the Argentine firm FMA gathered 75 aircraft for Their Air Force, and Japan Manufacturing company kai "Fuji» (Fuji) built 124 licenses for aircraft defense forces Japan, the last of these companies has developed a four-seater later modification and plane 'Mentor' with a powerful motor for replacing the main plane T 34A.

With I960 years after the adoption of the US Air Force through training programs on the jets, "Mentor" planes began to be replaced on the other, even though the United States Navy continued to use T-34V until the end of 1970-ies, when the operation began arriving aircraft T-34S " Turbo Mentor »(Turbo Mentor). As almost the main favorite of enthusiasts of historic military aircraft (especially in the US), "Mentor" aircraft in the amount of about 100 copies of more than 1300 built remain in the military.

Basic data


  • Length: 7,87 m
  • Wingspan: 10,01 m
  • Height: 3,04 m

Power point: 0-470-13 (on the modification of the T-34A) or 0-470-4 (on the modification of the T-34V) of "Rolls-Royce"

Power: 225 l. from. (168 kW)

The weight:

  • BLANK: 932 kg
  • Maximum take-off: 1315 kg

Date of first flight:

  • December 2 1948 years

Aircraft performance characteristics:

  • Maximum speed: 302 km / h
  • Range: 1238 km

The surviving airworthymodifications in the hands of civilians:

34A T / V and "Fuji» LM-1