|United States / Canada
Fleet PT-26A "Cornell" Primary Trainer Aircraft
A.A.F. Serial Number 42-71104
|History of PT-26A 42-71104:
Built under A.A.F. Contract Number: AC-30109
Contract Serial Number Range: 42-70957 to 42-71346
Produced from 1942-1943, with total production of 807 aircraft (PT-26A).
Gross weight 2,750 lbs. Wingspan 35' 11", length 27' 8".
Engine type: 200HP Ranger L-440-7. Max speed 129 MPH.
Total cost $13,443 per aircraft (to include cost of aircraft, engines, propellers, and
Manufacturer: Fleet Aircraft Ontario, Canada
Accepted: August 16th 1943
|This PT-26A aircraft was produced for the Army Air Force as PT-26A Serial Number 42-71104. After acceptance it was
transferred to Canada under the Defense Aid Program.
This aircraft was then re-designated and renamed Cornell II with the Royal Air Force (R.A.F.) as Serial Number FT689, and
Royal Canadian Air Force (R.C.A.F.) Serial Number 14528 (which is what she would have worn on the fuselage sides and wings
during her service history).
Conell II S/N 14528 was taken on strength by the R.C.A.F.'s No. 3 Training Command on
August 20th, 1943 and assigned to No. 13 Elementary Flying Training School (E.F.T.S.), St Eugene, Ontario.
In August 1943, 26 brand new Cornell II's and a handful of "second-hand" Cornell I's were delivered to St Eugene, Ontario. In
September 1945 No. 13 E.F.T.S. moved to St. John / St Jean, P.Q.
This E.F.T.S. trained Fleet Air Arm pilots from Great Britain, Canada and New Zealand.
On July 20th 1944 Cornell II S/N 14528 was assigned to No. 9 Repair Depot "For repairs and embody modified tail oleos". On
September 23rd 1944 modifications had been completed.
On June 21st 1946 Cornell II S/N 14528 was recorded as transferred "Free Issue" to The Office, Foreign Liquidation
Commission, Bell Niagara Modification Center No. 7, Niagara Falls, N.Y.
The total recorded logged service hours were 1069.05 hrs.
|Restored PT-26A data plates, left and above two photos. The plate to left is the A.A.F. aircraft
acceptance plate. The two restored plates above are Royal Canadian Air Force (R.C.A.F.)
|The P-26A used a Ranger L-440-7 Engine, above photo.
The engine in the photo above is a Ranger L-440-1. The Ranger L-440-1 was used in the Fairchild PT-19,
which was the predecessor to the PT-26. The Ranger L-440-1 produced 25 HP less than the L-440-7.
Externally the two engines appeared the same. This engine will be used in the restoration of 42-71104.
|Ranger Aviation L-440-1 engine nomenclature plate, above photo.
This engine was produced and accepted on December 7th 1940, for an Army
Air Corps aircraft with the serial number 40-3403.
|Pilot and Co-Pilot Instrument Panels, above two photos.
|Starboard and Port cowling sections, above two photos.
|Cowling support rails, above left photo. Top cowling, above right photo.
|Front and Rear windscreen, above two photos.