USAF Serial #527630 was delivered to the USAF Tinker AFB in 1953 as a base trainer. It had the standard fitment of a Continental 470 with a 2 bladed prop. The a/c was fully aerobatic and served as the primary training and jet transition aircraft for most USAF pilots in the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s and 80’s.
527630 served only a short time in active duty before it was transferred to the Tinker Aero Club and was assigned an FAA N-number in 1956. From 1956 until 1970 the plane saw very little action as part of the Tinker Aero Club fleet and then in 1970, it was sold to the Civil Air Patrol and then quickly sold again as a civilian-owned a/c in 1976.
Again between 1976 and 1990, it saw limited use before being completely rebuilt by Parks Industries in 1990. Over the next 27 years, N44MT would see the addition of a 300HP Continental IO550B, a fully modernized panel, a number of actions to address AD’s associated with the T34 and a return to the original 1953 flight envelope, delivery scheme and paint.
Although N44MT is more than 65 years old the handling and performance of this plane is a true testament to the design skills of the US aviation and aerospace industry.
|Date of Manufacture
|Beechcraft T-34 Mentor
|32 feet 10 inches
|25 feet 10 inches
|2055 US pounds
|Continental IO550B 300HP
|Rate of Climb
|Number of Crew
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