Manufacturer: Consolidated Aircraft, Buffalo, NY
Designation: PT-6
Version: A
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Type: Trainer (Primary)
Specifications
Length: 20' 9"  
Height: ' "  
Wingspan: 28'  
Cost: $5,500  
Load: 565 lbs  
Propulsion
No. of Engines: 1
Powerplant: Kinner K5
Horsepower: 100 hp
Performance
Range: 350 miles  
Cruise Speed: 88 mph    
Max Speed: 105 Mph    
Ceiling: 12,200 Ft  

 

Developed by the Consolidated Aircraft Company of Buffalo New York in 1930,
the PT-6A, a derivative of the Fleet Model Two, was produced as a primary
training aircraft for the United States Army Air Corps. Conventional in its
design, the open cockpit, fabric covered bi-plane was built around a fuselage
frame of welded steel-tubes with duralumin ribbed wooden spar wings. Although a
number of Fleet Model Two variants were used by the United States Navy and
foreign air forces only 10 production PT-6As were built for the Army Air Corps.
PT-6A 30-385 is the oldest surviving aircraft known to have been assigned to
March Field.

Constructed in June of 1930, the aircraft was initially assigned to the 13th
School Group at March Field. Ten months later in April 1931, March Field
converted from a training facility to a fighter-bomber station. 30-385 was
transferred to the Department of Commerce in Long Beach California, three short
years later the aircraft was released from government service and sold into the
civilian market.

PT-6A 30-385 was purchased by March Field Air Museum in December 2000 and
brought home to an honored place in our collection.