"Fairchild" RT-19 / -23 / -26 «Cornell." Photo. Characteristics
"Fairchild" RT-19 / -23 / -26 «Cornell." Photo. Characteristics

"Fairchild" RT-19 / -23 / -26 «Cornell." Photo. Characteristics


A type: single-engine training aircraft

Crew: Two pilots are arranged one behind the other

Supported by the US Air Force with the aim of training pilot pilots to manage monoplanes at the front, the RT-19 of Fairchild began life as an independent development of the company under the designation M-62. Tested in the army in 1939, this small training aircraft was ordered for serial production in 1940 and commissioned under the designation RT-19 "Cornell" at the end of the same year. Before the transition to the modification of RT-19A with a new engine, about 270 RT-19 aircraft was built. More than 3700 RT-19 airplanes were already built, when production began to be frustrated by the year 1942 due to a lack of in-line Ranger engines.

Due to the fact that the gliders of aircraft without engines flooded three production lines in the Midwest, a quick solution to this problem was required. Fairchild installed the R-760 star-shaped engine without the company Continental on the RT-19A and created the RT-23 - before the end of production, 1944 units were supplied in 6000. The northern neighbor, Canada, considered this Fairchild design ideal for the Commonwealth Aviation Training Project. Fleet built a significant number of RT-23 (Cornell I - 93 aircraft) and PT-26А / В aircraft (Cornell II - 1057 aircraft) under license. Many aircraft in flying condition survived today in North America, at the same time flying specimens can be found in the UK.

"Fairchild" RT-19 / -23 / -26 «Cornell." Photo.

Basic data


  • Length: 8,45 m
  • Wingspan: 10,97 m
  • Height: 2,32 m

Power point: "Ranger» L-440 or "Continental» R-670

Power: 200 l. from. (149 kW) or 220 l. from. (164 kW)

The weight:

  • BLANK: 917 kg
  • Maximum take-off: 1241 kg

Date of first flight: March 1939 years

On right: Equipped with a radial engine plane PT-23 tail number 42-49307 painted on reliable training scheme USAF middle of the war.

Aircraft performance characteristics:

  • Maximum speed: 196 km / h
  • Range: 644 km

The surviving airworthy modifications: RT-19, PT 19A, 23A PT, RT-26A, PT 26V and "Cornell» I / II