Title:  Fleetwings BT-12

The Fleetwings BT-12 was one of several new aircraft types produced at the start of WW2 when the USAAF rapidly ramped up aircraft manufacture and was looking for alternative manufacturers as well as conserving aluminium. Fleetwings was a specialist manufacturer of sheet stainless steel and was contracted to produce a prototype basic trainer.

The XBT-12 first flew in 1939 and was a conventionally configured single-engine monoplane but constructed of stainless steel. A contract for 176 production BT-12’s was issued but was cancelled in 1943 when only 24 aircraft had been produced, the USAAF preferring the Vultee BT-13/15 series.

This title contains the USAAF flight manual for the BT-12 along with a period magasine design analysis. The files have been scanned from the original flight manuals and retain any colour pages.



This title contains:

  • USAAF Pilot’s Flight Operating Instructions for the Fleetwings BT-12, T.O. No 01-130BA-1 dated June30, 1943 with approx. 40 pages.
  • Reprint, unattributed but probably from the manufacturer, of an article in Aviation magasine dated Oct 1943 titled “Design Analysis of the Fleetwings BT-12”.