The Army Air Force AT-11 known as the Kansan was an advanced twin engine trainer that was used to train Bombardiers, Gunners and Navigators during and after World War II.
The AT-11 was setup as a smaller version of the B-17 Flying Fortress or B-24 Liberator. This provided a simulated training environment similar to the full sized bombers. Over 90% of all Bombardiers in WWII trained in the glass nosed version of the famous Twin Beech.
The same C-1 autopilot that was used in all bombers of WWII was tied to the Norden bombsight on the AT-11. For gunnery training a single 30 caliber motor driven turret or a twin 30 caliber electrically powered turret was installed in the top of the rear fuselage.
History of 41-9486
*1941 August – This AT-11 rolled off the assembly line at a contract price of $54,242.00
*1942 February – Delivered to Victorville Army Airfield Bomb Training School
*1944 January – Assigned to Childress AAFLD TX
*1944 December – Returned to Victorville for the remainder of WWII
*Post WWII – Air Force Reserve, Birmingham, AL. Troop Carrier Wings, Miami, FL and Memphis, TN
* 2011 – Purchased by current owners Fran Torbett Hess & John Hess
During WWII Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) were the first women in America’s history to fly military aircraft. WASP were stationed and flew AT-11s at Childress and Victorville during the time this aircraft was assigned to those bases.
|Registration Number||Date of Manufacture|
|Trainer – Bombardier & Gunner||Kansan|
|Beechcraft AT-11||47 feet 8 inches|
|Overall length:||Empty weight:|
|34 feet 3 inches||6467 Lbs.|
|Gross weight:||Fuel capacity:|
|9465 Lbs.||430 Gal. per STC|
|Oil capacity||Engine type:|
|16 Gal.||Pratt & Whitney R-985|
|Propeller type:||Max Speed|
|Hamilton Standard 22-D30||215 mph|
|Rate of Climb||Cruise Speed|
|1000 feet/minute||150 mph|
|Service Ceiling||Number of Crew|
|2 30 caliber machine guns||10 100Lb Bombs|
|Number Built||Number Surviving|
|1584||Approx. 5 flying|
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