In 1940-41 the Beech
Aircraft Company designed an advanced multi-engine trainer for ease and
speed of manufacture on a large scale and named it the "Wichita." To
conserve scarce metals needed for combat aircraft, Beech built the
airframe out of plywood with only the engine cowlings and cockpit
enclosure constructed of aluminium. The fuel tanks also were made of
wood and covered with neoprene, a synthetic rubber. The extensive use
of wood permitted Beech to subcontract the production of many
components to furniture makers and other firms. This advanced trainer,
designated the AT-10, had superior performance among twin engine
trainers of its type and over half of the Army Air Force's pilots
received transitional training from single- to multi-engine aircraft in
them. Between 1941 and 1943 Beech built 1,771 AT-10s and Globe Aircraft
Corporation (which became Temco after World War II) built 600 in
Dallas, Texas. The Museum placed this AT-10 on display in June 1997.
Span: 44 ft. 0 in.
Length: 34 ft. 4 in.
Height: 10 ft. 4 in.
Weight: 6,465 lbs.
Engine: Two Lycoming R-680-9 radials of 295 hp. each
Maximum speed: Approximately 190 mph/165 knots
Range: Approximately 660 statute miles/572 nautical miles
Service Ceiling: Approximately 20,000 ft.