T-34C Turbo-Mentor USNItem#: HN-TAMC178
- U.S. trainer aircraft
- Propeller-driven aircraft, single engine
- Handcrafted, hand-painted mahogany construction
- Scale: 1/32nd
- Operators: U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Marine Corps, NASA, several others worldwide
- Time in operation: 1953-present
- Post-World War II era
- Manufacturers: Beechcraft
- Length: 10.75 inches
- Wingspan: 12.75 inches
One of a small number of aircraft developed for military service without the promise of a government contract, the T-34 Mentor is still utilized as a trainer by the military forces of several nations, including the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps, marking nearly 60 years of service. The T-34 is also favored by a number of civilian aerial demonstration teams and pilots, and it is used by NASA as a chase plane for vehicles too slow for the F-18s normally used. Beechcraft attempted to produce a jet-powered variant for U.S. Military service, but the type was not accepted by either the US Air Force or Navy. However, an upgraded turboprop version known as the T-34C Turbo-Mentor was accepted for U.S. Navy and export use.
With a rakish orange-and-white trainer paint scheme, this model T-34C is detailed to match U.S. Navy trainer Turbo-Mentors to a high degree of accuracy, something that makes this model a prime choice for any collector or enthusiast.
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