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AT-11 Kansan, U.S. Trainer


Photograph of AT-11 Kansan trainer

U.S. Air Force


Beechcraft AT-11 Kansan


Specifications:


Crew 4
Dimensions 47'8" by 34'2" by 9'8"
14.53m by 10.41m by 2.95m
Weight 9300 lbs fully loaded
4200 kg fully loaded
Maximum speed       215 mph
346 km/h
Service ceiling 20,000 feet
6100m
Power plant 2 450 hp Pratt & Whitney R-985 Wasp Junior nine-cylinder radial engines
Armament 2 0.30 machine guns
Range 745 miles at 150 mph
1200 km at 240 km/h
Production 1582 of all types
Variants
36 aircraft were modified as AT-11A navigation trainers.

The AT-11 was used to train 90% of American bombardiers during the Second World War. It was a militarized version of the Beechcraft Model 18 commercial transport equipped with a transparent nose, bomb bay, and provisions for flexible guns for gunnery training. However, the AT-11 was not equipped with the Norden Bombsight until late 1943.

References

National Museum of the USAF (2011; accesssed 2012-5-14)



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