Beechcraft T-34C Turbo Mentor

Beechcraft T-34C Turbo Mentor

About the Aircraft

Beechcraft T-34C Turbo Mentor

The Hickory Aviation Museum’s T-34C, Bureau Number 160638 is on loan from the National Museum of Naval Aviation. It was delivered in March 2011. Coordinated by Kyle and Kregg Kirby.

The Beechcraft T-34 Mentor is an American propeller-driven, single-engine, military trainer aircraft derived from the Beechcraft Model 35 Bonanza. The earlier versions of the T-34, dating from around the late 1940s-1950s, were piston-engined. These were succeeded by the upgraded T-34C Turbo-Mentor, powered by a turboprop engine. The T-34 remains in service over six decades after it was first designed.

National origin  United States 
Manufacturer  Beechcraft
First flight  2 December 1948
Introduction  1953
Primary users  United States Air Force, United States Navy, Japan Air Self Defense Force, Philippine Air Force
Other users Chile, Argentina, Bolivia, Columbia, France, Mexico, Dominican Republic, Turkey, Taiwan, Spain, Saudi Arabia, Peru, Gabon, Algeria, Philippines
Produced  1953-1959, 1975-1990
Number built  2300+
Propulsion  1 x Pratt & Whitney (CA) PT6A-25
Developed from Beechcraft Model 35 Series Bonanza
Developed into Fuji KM-2
Beechcraft T-34C Turbo Mentor BuNo 160638

General Characteristics


Crew: Two
Length: 28 ft 8½ in (8.75 m)
Wingspan: 33 ft 3⅞ in (10.16 m)
Height: 9 ft 7 in (2.92 m)
Wing area: 179.6 ft² (16.69 m²)
Empty weight: 2,960 lb (1,342 kg)
Max. takeoff weight: 4,300 lb (1,950 kg) (T-34C-1 weapons trainer - 5,500 lb (2,494 kg))
Powerplant: 1 × Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-25 turboprop, 715 shp (533 kW) (de-rated to 400 shp (298 kW))


Never exceed speed: 280 knots (322 mph) (IAS)
Cruise speed: 214 knot (396 km/h, 246 mph) max cruise at 17,000 ft (5,180 m)
Stall speed: 53 knots (98 km/h, 61 mph) flaps down, power off
Range: 708 nmi (1,311 km, 814 mi) at 180 knots (333 km/h, 207 mph) and 20,000 ft (6,100 m)
Service ceiling: 30,000 ft (9,145 m)
Rate of climb: 1,480 ft/min (7.5 m/s)
g limit: +4.5, -2.3
Hardpoints: 4 with a capacity of 600 lb inner, 300 lb outer