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Vultee BT-13B (SNV-2) Valiant

By Htam

DSC_6090_AuroraHDR2019.jpg@ Half Moon Bay, CA

April 2008

A BT-13 on static display during the Pacific Coast Dream Machines Show. First flown in 1939, the Vultee BT-13 Valiant was a basic trainer aircraft used by the US Army Air Corps. and US Navy.   Subsequent variants of the BT-13 in USAAC/USAAF service was known as the BT-15 Valiant, while an identical version for the US Navy/Marines was known as the SNV (in this case a SNV-2). For a variety of reasons, once in service, the aircraft quickly earned its nickname of “Vibrator.” Both services replaced the BT-13 with the venerable T-6 Texan prior to the end of the war, and few airworthy examples are left. Nikon D70 w/28-85mm.

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