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PT-19 Cornell

PT-19 Cornell
PT-19 Cornell
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PT-19 Cornell
Model Description

The collectable model PT-19 Cornell represents one of the Army Air Forces training aircraft of World War II. Painstakingly built from Philippine mahogany by our skilled craftsmen with a wealth of detail, this 1/24 scale model PT-19 Cornell makes a great gift for any aviation enthusiast or history buff.

The Fairchild PT-19 served with the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF), British Royal Air Force and Royal Canadian Air Force during World War II. It was used by the USAAF during the primary flying training phase as the introductory pre-solo trainer for new pilots before passing them on to the more agile Stearman biplane.

Prior to World War II, basic flight training in the United States was generally provided in light biplanes, such as the Stearman, which tended to be slow, stable and tolerant of fledgling pilots. However, given the increasingly high performance nature of the world's combat aircraft, the USAAF reasoned that the primary training was too easy, giving the student a false sense of mastery that could slow down his learning or even cause him to fail. Experienced instructors wanted the primary trainer to be a monoplane, with higher wing loading that required more careful flying.

After its first flight in May 1939, the Fairchild M-62 two-seat monoplane won a fly-off competition later that year against 17 other designs for the new Army training airplane. With a wing loading factor about 43 percent higher than the Stearman, the M-62 had a higher stalling speed and required more care at low speeds, making it exactly what the Army was looking for. On Sept. 22, 1939, the USAAF ordered 270 of the craft, with two open cockpits, as the PT-19 Cornell.

Thousands of the PT-19 series were rapidly integrated into Allied training programs, serving throughout World War II and beyond. Approximately 100 PT-19s are still flyable today.