Vultee SNBV-1 Valiant
On 28 August
1940, the Navy continued its call for mass amounts of trainers with an order
to Vultee Aircraft for 1,350 SNV-1 aircraft (the Navy's version of the
Army's BT-13A). This was followed later with a contract for 650
SNV-2s having a 24 volt electrical system. In the Army Air
Corps, the SNV would outnumber all other aircraft at the basic training
level. Unfortunately, it gained a reputation in Army circles as
a killer of cadets because of its quick-action top rudder stalls.
Its use in the Navy as an intermediate stage of flight training was a
step-up in style from the Stearman N2S "Kaydet" for the SNVs were equipped
with radios and landing flaps. Unlike the SNJ "Texan", the SNV
had fixed landing gear.
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