|Manufacturer:||Consolidated Aircraft, Buffalo, NY|
|No. of Engines:||1|
|Cruise Speed:||88 mph|
|Max Speed:||105 Mph|
Paraguayan Consolidated PT-6A/Fleet Model 2
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.
Fleet Model Two of the Turkish Air Force