I'm still pinching myself that I got to sit in this beauty let alone fly as co-pilot with a retired military and professional commercial airline pilot. Thank you so much to the O-team who accepted me as an honorary member into the flight cub even though I am no where near qualified to be a member. The whole team Wilbur, Donovan and Tom thanks so much! You all made me feel like an aviator and it was so much fun hanging out, flying, talking shop and eating dinner with you all. So yeah folks I got to fly in this beauty. The Vultee BT-13 was the basic trainer flown by most American pilots during World War II. It was the second phase of the three phase training program for pilots. The BT-13 had a more powerful engine and was faster and heavier than the primary trainer. It required the student pilot to use two way radio communications with the ground and to operate landing flaps and a two-position Hamilton Standard controllable-pitch propeller. The flaps were operated by a crank-and-cable system. Its pilots nicknamed it the "Vultee Vibrator." This thing was so much fun to fly. It was quite stable (as it's a trainer) and responsive. Below are photos of the interior and a couple of videos from myself flying and Donovan landing. This made my year as a pilot as witnessed by the grin on my face!
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