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The PT-19 was a primary pilot training aircraft of WWII. Army Air Forces pilot training in WWII was conducted under the Aviation Cadet program. It consisted of three phases. The first phase, Primary Training (PT), was conducted in inexpensive, easy-to-fly aircraft which were designed to build pilot confidence while quickly screening out people who had little aptitude for flying. The second and third phases, termed Basic Training (BT) and Advanced Training (AT), employed aircraft with greater performance and complexity. Cadets learned to fly in adverse weather, perform maneuvers, conduct navigation and develop combat skills in these phases. The letters in training aircraft designators matched the category of flying they were supporting: PT, BT and AT.

This aircraft was built in the Fairchild plant in Hagerstown, Maryland, and went to the USAAF on May 28, 1943. In June, it was used in a contract flying school, and in October 1944 was first assigned to Chickasha MAP, Oklahoma, before going to Greenville, TX for its final USAAF assignment. It was deemed surplus in May 1945 and sent to the Reconstruction Finance Corporation for disposal.

This aircraft had many civilian owners before being donated to the National Museum of World War II  Aviation in the fall of 2019.

The National Museum of WW II Aviation features WWII-era veterans!!

SUNDAY AUGUST 16TH

There are few WWII-era veterans left, and the National Museum of World War II Aviation is providing an opportunity for the community to meet-and-greet some of these honored WWII veterans.

Sunday, August 16, 2020 - 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The National Museum of World War II Aviation
775 Aviation Way, Colorado Springs, 80916

Scheduled to appear are:
Ed Beck—Army POW captured during the Battle of the Bulge who escaped from captivity.
Marilyn Doenges—Army nurse who served in the UK and Northern France
JJ Inman—P-51 pilot who flew missions in China
Noe Romero—Served on the U.S.S Yorktown at the Battle of Midway
Bill Roche—B-17 waist gunner who was shot down by German aircraft twice.
Cole “Junior” Griego—U.S. Navy Medic in the Battle of Iwo Jima

Advance admission purchases are advised for this event because advance ticket holders will be given priority to enter the museum. Appropriate social distancing and face masks will be required and strictly enforced.**

Historic note: 75 years ago on August 14, 1945 the Japanese surrendered, and hostilities in WWII ceased. The formal surrender of Japanese forces was signed Sept. 2, 1945.