North American BT-14
Dayton, OH - The National Museum of the United States Air Force - The NA-58, Army Air Corps designation BT-14, was a basic trainer developed by North American from its earlier BT-9. Except for the fabric-covered movable surfaces on the tail and wings, the BT-14 was an all metal aircraft. The Army Air Corps purchased 251 BT-14s. - In 1974 the aircraft on display was extensively restored, after which it flew in air shows and conducted aerial photography. Mr. Edwin Schnepf, donated it to the Museum. - A FLIGHT TRAINING MISHAP - This exhibit demonstrates what could happen to a cadet pilot when taxiing with the wind from behind and applying his brakes too hard. The wind would lift the tail, and the nose would hit the ground. Such an accident resulted in at least a stern lecture from the instructor and possibly the student's dismissal from the school. On average during the war, 40 percent of the cadet pilots did not graduate from flying school.
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