History

File:Fairchild PT-19 Cornell USAF.jpg

Aircraft Background:
First developed in 1938 as a civilian aircraft (the M-62), orders for this rugged primary trainer grew rapidly with the onset of World War II.  By war's end, over 7,000 Cornells variants were produced.  Cornells were supplied to Canada, Norway, Brazil, Ecuador, and Chile.  To keep up with demand, they were built under license by Aeronca, Howard, St. Louis Aircraft Corporation and Fleet Aircraft, Ltd.
 
Aircraft History:
The PT-19A (serial number 43-31365) was a gift to MAPS by Barbara Bergstrom of Cleveland. It was disassembled and transported to MAPS in April 2002.  photos Bruce Balough 
 
The center spar of the PT-19 is completely made of laminated mahogany.  With the consumption of luxury goods down during the war, many companies found themselves working in new areas.  The Baldwin Piano company of Cincinnati, with its years of wood-working experience, was 'drafted' into helping produce the wood components that went into the PT-19 and other aircraft.   photo John Ashley

SPECIFICATIONS
Span: 36 ft.
Length: 27 ft. 8 in.
Height: 7 ft. 9 in.
Weight: 2,450 lbs. loaded
Armament: none
Engines: Ranger L-440 of 175 hp.
Crew: Two
Serial Number: 43-31365

PERFORMANCE
Maximum speed: 124 mph.
Cruising speed: 106 mph.
Range: 480 miles
Service Ceiling: 16,000 ft.

Crew Chief: Clay Tober

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