VULTEE BT-13 / BT-15 VALIANT

BT-13 / BT-15 SERVICE

Manufacturer: Vultee Aircraft Inc., Downey, California, USA
(In 1941, became The Consolidated-Vultee Aircraft Corp., San Diego, California, USA)
(In 1943, name changed to Convair)
Models: V-51, V-54, V-74, V-79
Designations: BT-13; BT-15; BC-3, BT-16, SNV, T-13
Name: Valiant
First official flight: (BC-3) 24/03/1939
(BT-13) 1940
Factory production period: 1939 - 1944
Primary service period: 1940 - 1945
Last official flight: (T-13A) ?

BT-13 / BT-15 VARIANTS

1939 Model V-51 BC-3 1  
1939 Model V-54 Model V-54 1  
1940 Model V-54A Model V-54A 1 Total: 00003
         
1940 Model V-54A BT-13 300  
1941 Model V-74 BT-13A 6619  
1943 Model V-79 BT-13B 1775 Total: 08694
         
1942 Model V-74A BT-15 1693 Total: 01693

Grand Total: 10390

BT-13 / BT-15 PRODUCTION

BC-3
Prototype single-engined, 2-seater
Basic Combat version for the USAAC.
Retractable undercarriage.
Produced 1939

Vultee Downey, California

39-720 ? 1 Total: 00001

Model V-54
As BC-3, company owned as
an export demonstrator.
Produced 1939

Vultee Downey, California

NX21753 (civil reg.) 140 1 Total: 00001

Model V-54A
As BC-3, company owned, lower
powered, fixed-faired u/c.
Produced 1940

Vultee Downey, California

NX21754 (civil reg.) 141 1 Total: 00001

BT-13
As Model V-54A, Basic Trainer
version for USAAC.
Produced 1940 - 1941

Vultee Downey, California

40-810 / 40-1109 54A-201 / 500 300 Total: 00300

BT-13A
As BT-13, engine upgrade,
non-faired u/c, minor changes.
Redesignated as T-13A in 1948.
Produced 1941 - 1943

Vultee Downey, California (VU)

41-1211 / 41-1710 ?    
41-9587 / 41-9979 ?    
41-10410 / 41-11586 ?    
41-21162 / 41-23161 ?    
42-1164 / 42-1743 ?    
42-42201 / 42-43257 ?    
42-88674 / 42-89573 ? 6607  
(Peru) ? ? 12 Total: 06619

BT-13B
As BT-13A, 24-volt electrical
system.
Produced 1943 - 1944

Vultee Downey, California (VU)

42-89574 / 42-90698 ?    
44-31511 / 44-32160 ? 1775 Total: 01775

BT-15
As BT-13, engine upgrade.
Produced 1942 - 1943

Vultee Downey, California (VU)

41-9980 / 41-10409 ?    
42-1744 / 42-2063 ?    
42-41258 / 42-42200 ? 1693 Total: 01693

 

Grand Total: 10390

BT-13 / BT-15 CONVERSIONS

USAAF

XBT-16

1

BT-13A(41-9777), 1942, prototype with all-plastic fuselage.
Conversion by Vidal Research Corp., Virginia.

US Navy

SNV-1 1350 BT-13A, 1941-1945, aircraft serving with the US Navy.
Assigned BuNo. 02983 / 03182, 05675 / 05874,
12492 / 12991, 34135 / 34584.
2 to USCG with s/n: V222, V223.
SNV-2 650 Model V-79A
BT-13B, 1943-1945, aircraft serving with the US Navy.
Assigned BuNo. 44038 / 44187, 52050 / 52549.

FOREIGN MILITARY / CIVILIAN SERVICE
 - Many Valiant trainers in military service with Australia, Chile, China, Egypt,
   France, Honduras, Peru and the Soviet Union.
 - Many Valiant trainers sold on the civil market to private owners.

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