AT-11 Tantalizing Takeoff

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N214CR Serial Number 41-9486 was the 50th AT-11 built and is currently the oldest flying.

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
N214CR August 1941
Aircraft Role Nickname
Trainer – Bombardier & Gunner Kansan
Aircraft Type: Wingspan:
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
21,400 4
Armament Bomb Load
2 30 caliber machine guns 10 100Lb Bombs
Number Built Number Surviving
1584 Approx. 5 flying



Taking off PDK Victorville during WWII as ship V200 Peach State Aerodrome Veterans Day 2013


Currently being restored to a more original configuration.

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