'Cradle of Heroes'...
The Fairchild M-62 Aircraft Series is a classic American Enterprise success story. In 1938, while most military pilots were still receiving their initial training in biplanes, Fairchild Aircraft recognized the need for a new design more closely approximating the more advanced types of aircraft the trainees would soon be flying. With an eye on the news coming from Europe, they 'rolled the dice' and proceeded to develop the military trainer project on their 'own dime', without a government contract, at at their Hagerstown, MD facility. (a development process followed later by North American Aviation with its P-51) The result was one of the most innovative and effective primary training planes ever designed, the Fairchild Primary Trainer ('PT'). The Fairchild PT was given its factory model number M-62 and its official name, the Cornell. The first prototype flew on May 15, 1939 and later that year it won a fly-off competition against 17 other designs for the new Army primary training airplane. Fairchild was awarded its first Army contract for an initial order of 270 airplanes, designated the 'PT-19' on September 22, 1939.
To manufacture the PT-19 aircraft, over ten thousand people throughout the Hagerstown area worked on the production of the airplane. During the war years, companies all over town were employed by Fairchild to make parts and pieces of the PT-19. Furniture companies, machine companies and even the world-renowned pipe organ manufacturer, M.P. Moller made wings and center sections for Fairchild airplanes. Demand eventually outstripped Fairchild's ability to produce it in the numbers needed and construction/license arrangements were made with Fleet Aircraft in Canada and three U.S. companies, Howard Aircraft, St. Louis Aircraft, and Aeronca as well as Fabrica do Galeao in Brazil.
The simple but rugged construction included a fabric-covered welded steel tube fuselage with plywood-covered wood center section, outer wing panels and tail assembly. The use of an inline engine allowed for a very narrow frontal area which was ideal for visibility while the widely set-apart fixed landing gear allowed for solid and stable ground handling. The design was such that it could still accommodate varying engine types (radials and inlines) and was produced in varying configurations with both open cockpits and a sliding canopy. The M-62 Series was inexpensive, simple to maintain and most of all it was very reliable. It was the most produced and used aircraft type of a handful of primary trainer designs that were the first stop on a cadet's way to becoming a combat pilot.
With more than two hundred thousand military pilots awarded wings flying first in a PT-19, it truly lived up to its nickname - the "Cradle of Heroes." Between 1940 and the end of production at war's end, 7,443 aircraft based on the venerable M-62 had been integrated into the US and Commonwealth training programs world wide, serving throughout WWII and beyond. Today, fewer than 240 remain.. with less than half of them currently airworthy.
My business partner, Steve's first Giant Scale projects 20+ years ago was a 'Fun Scale' PT-19 kitted by Dynaflite™. More than a decade ago, that kit of this model was so popular a 'transition' vehicle into the world of Giant Scale and Warbirds in particular that the Warbirds Over Delaware meet had more than 30 of them flying. Truly, the model's heritage in full scale has been mirrored, many hundreds of Giant Scale Modelers made first Giant Scale projects and flights with a PT-19. It was a pilot maker in the 40's.. and a maker of Giant Scale Modelers in the 80's & 90's. Now, the PT-19 is back.. this time from Aviation Concepts and rendered in exact scale; ready to perform for today's competition-class Giant Scale Modelers... in the air AND on the static table!
Aviation Concepts Fairchild PT-19A
1/5 Scale, Wing Span: 87.5" (7.29')
Length: 67.5" (5.60')
Wing Area: 1187 sq in
Flying Weight: 19-22 lbs
Wing Loading: 38 oz./ft2
Airfoil: NACA 2415 (scale)
Engine Size: 30-40cc (Gas)
Recommended Prop & RPM: (elect) 18x8, 7,200 rpm
Radio: 5 channel, 7 Servo's
Rudder/ Elevator/ Ailerons/ Flaps/ Throttle
It's taken over 4 years, off and on; to get this from concept to the laser cutter. The development process was often as difficult as herding cats, but thanks to the extra time & effort we've put into the kit design you'll find yours goes together very quickly. We've developed into the design the core elements of strength, durability and survivability without sacrificing a bit of flying ability. And, we made it a breeze to recover from any future mishap with available replacement components. From wing tips to tail sections... even replacement motorbox's and firewalls, just in case you want to re-power with electric at some point in the future! But, that's not all... We've simplified normal field set-up and take-down to two screws. The tail section can be built as completely removable and the wing breaks down in three easy to transport sections. This is a Giant Scale Model that's easy to transport in a small scale car!
Now, you can build your own! The Basic Short Kit comes with top quality printed Full Scale Plans and the loose leaf bindered Color Building Manual. You can also order the fiberglass cowl as well as the fiberglass wing fairings and tail fairings as separate options or get it all at a discount as a builders package. (sorry, this is NOT available as an 'ARF'.. you get to build this!)
why this kit stands
out.. Scale Excellence. It's in the design from the start. A commitment
to quality and detail in
every component without
compromise. It's all here..
The Tail! While
on most kits, these may
be 'the parts that went over the fence last', in this project we felt
they deserved a bit more attention
to detail than the usual
'slabs of lumber, carved to shape, attached back there'. The PT-19's
tail is scale in detail.. internal
elevator linkage, scale
access panels under the stab, both stab and fin are scale, airfoil &
hinge lines, built up
& sheeted. The
rudder and elevator are scale in internal construction and covered w/
solartex. And both are completely
removeable... with (yup)
one bolt. The steerable tailwheel is run on internal 'pull-pull'
cables, the rudder on a scale
pushrod. Oh.. and did I
mention the scale fiberglass tail fairing? We've got that, too.
This advanced kits laser cut formers, wing & tail ribs, spars, jigs, gussets, fuselage sides, etc are somewhat intricate, laser etch identified with part numbers, interlock and are designed for 'dry fit' speed & simplicity in assembly, taking full advantage of modern adhesives, Cad design and assembly techniques. This makes it a pleasure to build
Plans, Manual, Fiberglass Cowl with resin exhaust pipes and the Laser Cut Wood Package. $639.95
The Complete Package Deal
Here's the complete 'Short Kit'. You'll get the Plans and Manual, the Fiberglass Cowl & Resin Exhaust Pipes. Full Fiberglass Fairings set for the wings & tail, the Laser Cut Wood Package, 2 Custom Switch Hides.
Fairchild PT-19A 1/5 Scale Short Kit PACKAGE DEAL
Plans, Manual, all Fiberglass Parts (including
wing & tail fairings) and the Laser Cut Wood Package. $699.95