The PT-26 Cornell
The Indiana Wing is the proud owner of a PT-26 Cornell, which was used during the period of WWII as a primary trainer with both the USAAF and the RCAF. N60535 was manufactured by Fleet Aircraft, Ltd., Fort Erie, Canada in December of 1944. After the war it passed through various owners until the Indiana Wing took possession of the aircraft in 1981. In 1986 the Cornell was removed from service for a total restoration, and in October of 1999 the PT-26 again took flight from the Mt. Comfort airport just east of Indianapolis where she had been undergoing restoration for the past 12 years.
Col. John Bennett
Col. Bruce Cooper
Col. Floyd Hollandbeck
Col. Dennis Schell
Col. Carl Winkler
Mission: WWII Primary Trainer (PT)
Designed by: Fairchild Aircraft, Hagerstown, Maryland
Manufactured under contract by : Fleet Aircraft, Ltd, Fort Erie, Canada
USAAF/RCAF Model: Cornell II
Manufacurer's Serial No.: FX-146
Powerplant: Ranger, inline inverted 6 cylinder, 200HP
Original Design and Assembly: 1939
N060535 Assembly: December 1944
Total PT-26's manufactured: 1,727
Estimated Number Currently flying: 76 (4.4% of original produced)
Two-place, tandem seating
Cantilever low-wing monoplane with fabric covered, welded steel tube fuselage
Fixed landing gear
Plywood-covered wood center section, outer wing panels and tail assembly
Wing Span: 36'
Max Gross weight: 2740 lbs.
Empty weight: 2022 lbs.
Takeoff speed: 60-65 mph
Best climb Speed: 80 mph
Best Glide Speed: 80 mph
Best Rate of Climb: 870 fpm
Max. Air Speed: 126 mph
Cruise Speed @ 1815 RPM@ 3,000 ft: 103/108 mph IAS/TAS
Maximum Diving Speed: 191 mph ("Old" Pilots say, Don't try it!")
Maximum Flaps Extend Speed: 95 mph
Stall Speed: 61 mph
Service Ceiling: 13,500 ft.
Fuel use at Cruise: 13.5 gph
Fuel Capacity: 49 gals. total; 45 gals. usable
Range with 40 gallons: 220-320 statute miles
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