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Vultee V-79 Valiant (BT-13B)
This basic trainer was built by Vultee in Downey, California for the US Army Air Force as the BT-13 and the US Navy as the SNV-1.  

Construction is all metal with the exception of the fabric covered control surfaces.  

Known as Vultee Aircraft Company from 1932 through 1947, it disappeared into Consolidated-Vultee, later Convair and finally General Dynamics.  

The BT-13 was affectionately nicknamed the “Vultee Vibrator.”  

The BT-13 was used here at Chino Airport, then known as CalAero Field, during WWII cadet training.  Students were taught instrument, formation, cross-country, night, radio and aerobatic flight.  

The BT out numbered all other basic trainers produced in the US during WWII.
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