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St. Louis Aircraft PT-15 / PT-1W
St. Louis XPT-15 Army trainer prototype

St. Louis Aircraft brought out a biplane primary trainer in 1935, hoping to win an Army production contract. Initially unsuccessful, St. Louis Aircraft continued to develop the airplane and demonstrate it (including a crash at Wright Field in 1936) for the Army, which eventually acquired a trial batch of 14 trainers in 1939. The Army identified these trainers as PT-15. All but one of them ended up being assigned to Parks College (at Cahokia, Illinois) for use in Parks' Army aviation cadet training program. The hoped-for big production orders were not forthcoming, being won instead by the Boeing/Stearman PT-13/PT-17/N2S Army/Navy primary trainer.
PT-15 / PT-1W
Engine: Wright R-760, 225hp
Wingspan: 33'10"
Length: 25'0"
Useful load: 708 lb
Max speed: 124 mph
Cruise: 105 mph
Stall: 53 mph
Range: 355 mi
Ceiling: 14,500'
Seats: 2
No built: 1 / 39-702
No built: 13 / 40-001-013




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