A little bit of history……..
The NA-64 Yale
It was a basic trainer of a type used by the US Army Air Corps (USAAC) from 1936. Our particular plane (3349) was ordered by the French air Force in 1939, however many were used by the Canadian’s
In 1939, the French Air Force, expanding in anticipation of war ordered 230 BT-9’s. As they had French instruments and differently arrange engine controls, the company gave it a new model number NA-64 but it was otherwise identical to the american basic trainer.
As deliveries to Europe began in 1940, France was forced to capitulate to the German Blitzkrieg. 111 aircraft were delivered, nut these were formed into units by the Germans to teach their pilots how to fly captured Allied aircraft. The remaining 119 were hurriedly redirected to the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCFA), which in the early part of the was was almost entity engaged in training for the British Royal Air Force (RAF) under the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan.
Crew: 2 No (instructor & student or you! book a flight)
Metal tubular frame with metal covering, rear fuselage and wings – all metal stressed-skin with fabric covered control surfaces
One Wright 420hp R-975-E3 Whirlwind radial engine
Max Speed: 166mph (276kph)
Range 730 miles