After being delivered in 1956, the display T-34B aircraft, Bureau No. 140921, served with the Navy’s Training Command until September, 1993. At that time, it was transferred to the NAS Patuxent River Flying Club, where it flew with the civil registration number N34PR. This mentor was transferred to Patuxent River Naval Air Museum in September, 2003 after logging a total of 9,622.9 flight hours.
Loosely based on the popular civil Beech Bonanza aircraft, the T-34 began replacing the Navy’s original T-6 Texan in 1954.
In 2000, T-34Cs began being replaced by the T-6A Texan II.
But for over 40 years, every aviator wearing wings of gold had received basic flight instruction in a piston-engine T-34B, or its turbo-prop-engine successor, the T-34C. Although no longer serving in the Training Command, T-34Cs remain in service as aerial spotter aircraft at various U.S. naval installations. T-34s also remain popular with foreign militaries and civilian collectors.
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Maximum gross weight - 3,050 pounds
Dimensions - 25.9 feet length, 32.8 foot wing span
Maximum operating speed - 189 mph