This Day in Aviation History
December 2nd, 1948
First flight of the Beechcraft T-34 Mentor.

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

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Caption: Ground view of Beech YT-34 Mentor, USAF serial number 50-735, Beech serial number G-4, the first of three service test YT-34 Mentors. To the left of the propeller spinner, you can see the tail of one of the other contenders for the Air Force trainer, the Fairchild T-31.

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