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 USAF conducted comparative tests of a large number of vehicles. As part of this evaluation test, the Air Force acquired three Mentor pre-production aircraft under the designation YT-34. After the aircraft was selected, Beach delivered the X-NUMX Training Command to the T-350 aircraft from its Wichita plant (plus 34 copies from the Canadian company Car and Fondry (Sag & Foundry), shipments began in 100.) the same year, the US Navy chose the Mentor aircraft as their main training aircraft and purchased the T-1954В modification 423 aircraft. A number of air forces from other countries around the globe, following the example of the US procurement, also chose the Mentor aircraft; their air force and japan Fuji (Fuji), a manufacturing company, built an aircraft for the Japanese Self-Defense Forces under a 34 license, the latter of which later developed a four-seat modification and a Mentor aircraft with a more powerful engine to replace the main T-75А aircraft.

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:

  • 2 December 1948 of the year

Aircraft performance characteristics:

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

Surviving airworthiness modifications in the hands of civilians:

34A T / V and "Fuji» LM-1