YOU TUBE – T-34 Mentor
pilot and student
P&W PT-6 turboprop 550 s.h.p.
28 ft. 6 in.
33 ft. 5 in.
The T-34 Mentor built by Beechcraft was the primary trainer for the USAF, USMC, USCG, and USN since 1953. The aircraft is still in use by the United States Navy and Marine Corps, plus a number of countries around the world.
The first T-34 Mentor was equipped with a Continental piston engine. With only 225 h.p. pulling the aircraft through the air, it was generally underpowered. In 1973 the Mentor’s engine was replaced with a P&W PT-6 550 s.h.p. turboprop. The result was an aircraft that was vastly improved.
Pilots of the aircraft are impressed with its all-around visibility. Stalls, both power on and power off, are easily controlled. Controls are light and the aircraft is extremely aerobatic. It seemingly can performs loops, rolls and stall turns at just the thought of a pilot. However, changes in power settings require corresponding changes in aircraft trim for straight and level flight.
We have read pilot reports saying that the non-turboprop T-34 Mentor exhibits very little warning through the control stick indicating that a stall is imminent. However the turboprop model is said to gives a multitude of warnings. Perhaps that is a function of the longer nose moment of the turboprop powered aircraft. We would appreciate hearing from pilots about their experiences with both aircraft.
Perhaps the most famous T-34 Mentor is the one flown by Julie Clark at air shows around the country.
Before production ended in 1990, over 2,300 T-34 Mentor aircraft were sold.
RC T-34 Mentor
The RC T-34 Mentor for sale designed by Mark Frankel and originally published in RCM plans wingspan is 98 in. Power can come from 1.8 to 3.6 c.i.d. four cycle engines. The kit is built from fiberglass, balsa, ply, and has foam core wings. It needs from 6 to 10 channel controls.
E-Flite has a RC T-34 Mentor for sale. Wingspan is 55 in. and length is 44 in. It comes ready to fly including a Power 25 brushless motor, 12 x 8 propeller, 40 A ESC, 2.4 GHz radio and receiver, all servos, all batteries and chargers. Ready to fly weight is about 5 lbs.
The Top Flite RC T-34 Mentor has an 80 in. wingspan and 63 in. length. Engines can be from .61 to .91 two cycle or from .91 to 1.20 four cycle. Weight is around 13 lbs.
The AMA Plans Service has plans of a T-34 Mentor for sale designed by Aviation Modeller. It has a 64 in. wingspan and is design for engine power. Plan no. is 16493.