Titles: Vultee BT-13/15 Valiant No’s 1 and 2

In 1938 the USAAF issued a requirement for a new advanced trainer which included the promise of substantial orders. Vultee adapted the design of a fighter it had been working on which resulted in the V.51 prototype. This prototype used a 600 hp R-1340 engine, but was unsuccessful in winning the contract which was won by North American with their Texan.

Vultee then produced a simplified version, the V.54 with a 450 hp R-985 engine and fixed undercarriage. The USAAF ordered this aircraft as the BT-13, the first of a family of which over 11,500 were eventually built. The BT-15 used the Wright R-975 engine due to a shortage of the P & W engine. The BT-13 series was the basic trainer flown by most USAAF and USN trainee pilots during WW2, being the second phase of the three phase program. It was nicknamed the Vibrator due to its tendency to shake violently when approaching the stall.

We offer two titles which include flight manuals and a maintenance manual for the Vultee Valiant series. Each title is US$9.95. The first title covers the BT-15 variants, and the second title covers the BT-13, SNV-1 and a manufacturer’s post-war manual covering all variants. The files have been scanned from the original flight manuals and retain any colour pages.

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Title 1 contains:

  • USAAF Pilot’s Flight Operating Instructions for the BT-15, T.O. 01-50BB-1 dated 10-4-43, with approx 50 pages.
  • Manufacturers Preliminary Handbook of Operation and Flight Instructions for the BT-15 Basic Trainer, Report No 204-15 dated Dec 40, with approx 36 pages.
  • Manufacturers Preliminary Handbook of Service Instructions for the BT-15 Basic Trainer, Report No 203-15 dated Apr 41, with approx 196 pages.

Title 2 contains:

  • USAAF Pilot’s Flight Operating Instructions for the BT-13A SNV-1, T.O. 01-50BC-1 dated 15-3-43 revised to 25-3-44, with approx 49 pages.
  • Manufacturers Pilots Flight Operating Instructions for the Valiant, BT-13 BT-13A BT-13B BT-15 SNV-1 SNV-2 undated (but post-war) with approx 58 pages.
  • US Navy Pilot’s Handbook for the SNV-1, Vultee Report No 204-20 dated 31 July 1942, with approx 36 pages.