T-34C Turbo Mentor
The Beechcraft T-34 Mentor is an American propeller-driven, single-engined, military trainer aircraft derived from the Beechcraft Model 35 Bonanza.
Manufacturer: Raytheon Aircraft Company
Service: United States Navy, United States Marine Corps
Propulsion: Model PT6A-25 turbo-prop engine (Pratt & Whitney Aircraft of Canada).
Airspeed: Max: 280 Knots
Range: Approximately 600 nm
Crew: 2 (instructor pilot, student pilot).
The T-34C Turbomentor is an unpressurized two-seat, tandem cockpit low-wing turboprop trainer whose mission is to train Navy and Marine Corps pilots.
The T-34C is used to provide primary flight training for student pilots. As a secondary mission, approximately 10 percent of the aircraft provide pilot proficiency and other aircraft support services to Commander, Naval Air Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet; Commander, Naval Air Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet; and Naval Air Systems Command’s “satellite sites” operated throughout the continental United States.
The T-34C was procured as a commercial-derivative aircraft certified under an FAA Type Certificate. The T-34C was derived from the civilian Beechcraft Bonanza. Throughout its life, the aircraft has been operated and commercially supported by the Navy using FAA processes, procedures and certifications.