WARBIRDS AT TAA
Here at Texas Aviation Academy, we are proud to operate and maintain a number of Warbirds.
We’re passionate about restoring and maintaining Warbirds and other classic aircraft. If you’re the lucky owner of a Warbird or other classic aircraft, we’re also the perfect people to handle the restoration, repair, and upkeep. From warbird management, buying or selling, general maintenance, hangar rentals, to total restoration, your Warbird or other classic aircraft is in good hands at Texas Aviation Academy.
We own and maintain a North American T-28A Trojan, BT-13 Vultee Vibrator, an UTVA 66, and Aeronca Champ 7AC/L-16. Our current projects include restoring a Yak 52 and a Messerschmitt ME-208.
TAA has had the opportunity to manage two Boeing PT-17 Stearmans, a Pilatus P3-05, and has provided services for a T-34 Mentor, L-19 Bird Dog, BT-13, L-4 Cub, and many more.
For inquiries on Warbird management or sales, contact us here.
BT-13 Vultee valiant "Vibrator"
In 1938 the US Army Air Corps was evaluating a new basic combat trainer, designated the Vultee V-54, it was considered operationally ideal as a trainer but was regarded as being unnecessarily complicated and overpowered. Vultee then developed the V-74 trainer to meet this requirement having a cantilever low-wing with fixed landing gear, dual controls and flight instruments as standard equipment. The initial version was designated BT-13 by the US Army Air Corps and nicknamed the Valiant. Satisfactory testing brought in an order of 300 aircraft in September 1939, at that time the largest order placed by the US Army for basic trainers. The first of these aircraft were accepted by the USAAC in June of 1940.
From September 1939 to the Summer of 1944 a total of 11,537 Vultees were built to meet the needs of the US Army Air Corps and the US Navy, making the plane one of the most important American trainer aircraft of World War II. The BT-13 production run outnumbered all other Basic Trainer (BT) types produced.
Almost every U.S. pilot and many of the allied pilots who were trained in the U.S. learned their basic flying skills in the BT-13. As soon as World War II ended all versions in service were retired from the USAAF and US Navy. The Valiant was also known as the "Vultee Vibrator", nicknamed by its pilots.
Less than 50 of these aircraft are stll airworthy and have become very popular with warbird collectors and can often be seen at airshows around the country.
north American t-28A trojan
The North American T-28A Trojan operated by Texas Aviation Academy has a fascinating history. N82FT, S/N 49-1539A started its life as a United States Air Force trainer at Vance AFB from 1949-59, where it trained many young Air Force pilots. Upon completing its service in 1959 the aircraft was transferred to Davis-Mothan AFB, where it was sold as surplus to the civilian market. The aircraft then traveled to Hollywood, CA, where it spent approximately 10 years.
In 1968, it was repurchased by United States government and converted to T-28D-5. Records indicate that the aircraft was sent to the Royal Thai Air Force as part of the Secret War of Vietnam. It is suspected that the Thai sold the T-28 back to the U.S. Government in 1970, and that 82FT served the CIA until 1977.
After its service to Vietnam, the aircraft was converted back to the traditional "A Model", and went back onto the civilian market. In 1980, the Aircraft was purchased by the famous EAA Air Museum in Oshkosh, WI, where it operated as a part of the EAA Foundation until 1991. It went from owner to owner until 2019. Today, TAA is proud to operate and maintain an aircraft of such deep and rich history.
This warbird (A-849) was manufactured in Switzerland by Pilatus Aircraft Ltd and is made in the same precise manner as their famous watches, flown by the Schweizerische Luftwaffe (Swiss Air Force). Manufactured in 1958, it was originally powered by a Lycoming GO-435 of 260hp. The Pilatus P-3 was designed for primary and advanced training (including night flying, aerobatics and instrument flying). The military version was designated P-3-03. It was of all-metal construction with a retractable tricycle undercarriage and tandem seating. There was provision for underwing racks for light practice bombs or rockets and a machine gun in a pod below the port wing.
Aeronca champ 7ac/L-16
The Aeronca L-16 was a United States Army liaison aircraft built by Aeronca, and saw extensive service during the Korean War. It was essentially a militarized version of the Aeronca Champion. From 1955 large numbers were transferred to the Civil Air Patrol.
Derived from the Aeronca Champion (Aeronca Model 7 series), the L-16 primarily replaced the similar Piper L-4 (a modified Piper Cub) in U.S. military service. The L-16 afforded generally better performance, stability, visibility and comfort, while its safety characteristics were a mix of better and worse than the L-4.
Boeing PT-17 Stearman
TAA manages and has assisted in the maintenance and brokerage of two Boeing PT-17 Stearmans.
The PT-17 traces its roots to the Stearman Model 70, built as a private venture to meet a 1934 U.S. Army Air Corps request for a new trainer to replace its aging primary trainer fleet. Re-engined with a Wright J-5 Whirlwind, the design was first ordered by the U.S. Navy in 1935 as the NS-1. Using a Lycoming R-680-5 radial engine and known as the Model 75, the Air Corps ordered the type into production as the PT-13 in 1936. With a variety of engines and designations, the Model 75 went on to become one of the most widely produced and used primary trainers in U.S. military service.