The Navy accepted BG-279 in November 1965 at Pensacola, Fl. She spent her career at Pensacola, Fl from 1956 until August 1970. As a primary trainer, she conducted 4 tours of duty logging, 7,461 hours of flying, and had approximately 28,950 landings. In November 1970, she was transferred to Davis Monthan AFB, “The Bone yard,” and sat idle until 1983 when a prop was removed for a military spare part. She was then preserved, awaiting a future home. (Data obtained from military records)
In Jul 1994, BG-279 was released to Weaver Aircraft Company in Carson NV. There the restoration took place over the next 5 years. The aircraft was acquired by Keith Grinstein of Seattle, WA and flown until his untimely passing in 2009. The tail number is Keith’s birthday and initials.
I acquired the “Black Beauty” in April 2010. The history of the paint scheme goes back to Weaver Aircraft. They used the 4450th Test Group colors. This group tested and maintained the F-117 aircraft. All aircraft owned by this TG were painted black.
The aircraft is equipped with an IO-550G, STEC -55, and Garmin 430. As with all T-34s, she flies great.
|Registration Number||Date of Manufacture|
|Beechcraft T-34 Mentor||32 feet 10 inches|
|Overall length:||Empty weight:|
|25 feet 10 inches||2055 US pounds|
|Gross weight:||Fuel capacity:|
|2900 pounds||770 miles|
|Oil capacity||Engine type:|
|12||Single 225 hp O-470 piston engine|
|Propeller type:||Max Speed|
|Hartzell, 3 Blade||188 mph|
|Rate of Climb||Cruise Speed|
|Service Ceiling||Number of Crew|
|Number Built||Number Surviving|
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