All pilots, whether they were destined for fighters or bombers, had to go through the pilot training process. One of the most important aircraft for developing new pilot skills was the BT-13 Valiant, sometimes known as the "Vibrator" ~ not for what it did to you, but to the windows of buildings when it flew by. A fixed gear aircraft, thousands of pilots learned critical flying skills and then continued on to the advanced trainer.

The Commemorative Air Force Minnesota Wing operates a History Flight program which gives you the opportunity to fly in our Vultee BT-13! For more information on this rare opportunity, Click Here


  • Crew: two, student and instructor
  • Length: 28 ft 10 in
  • Wingspan: 42 ft
  • Height: 11 ft 6 in
  • Empty Weight: 3,375 lb
  • Maximum takeoff Weight: 4,496 lb
  • Powerplant: 1 x Pratt & Whitney R-985-AN-1, 450 hp


  • Maximum speed: 180 mph
  • Range: 725 miles
  • Service ceiling: 21,650 ft


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