Beech / Beechcraft 45 Mentor (T-34)

Trainer

Beech T-34B Mentor United States Marine Corps 140688 BG-22 © Karsten Palt
Photo ©: Karsten Palt
The Beechcraft Model 45 Mentor (T-34) is a single-engine two-seat trainer aircraft produced by the US-American manufacturer Beech Aircraft Corporation, today Hawker Beechcraft Corporation.
The Beech 45 Mentor was developed on base of the Beech Bonanza. The Beech Mentor was built as a piston-engined trainer aircraft between 1953 and 1959. Production of the Mentor resumed in 1975 and lasted until 1990 with the turbo-prop powered variant T-34C Turbo-Mentor. The Beech Mentor was also license-built in Canada by Canadian Car and Foundry, Japan by Fuji Heavy Industries and Argentina by FMA.
Crew2
Propulsion1 Turboprop Engine
Engine ModelPratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-25A
Engine Power485 kW650 shp
alternative Engine Variant
Propulsion1 Piston Engine
Engine ModelContinental O-470-13
Engine Power168 kW225 hp
Speed396 km/h214 kts
  246 mph
Service Ceiling7.620 m25.000 ft
Range1.111 km600 NM
690 mi.
Empty Weight1.342 kg2.960 lbs
max. Takeoff Weight1.950 kg4.300 lbs
Wing Span10,15 m33 ft 4 in
Wing Area16,7 m²180 ft²
Length8,75 m28 ft 8 in
Height2,92 m9 ft 7 in
First Flight02.12.1948
Production Statusout of production
Production Range1953-1959, 1975?1990
Total Productionca. 450
Developed fromBeech Bonanza
ICAO CodeT34P T34T
Data for (Version)Beech T-34L Turbo Mentor

[Photo-ID: 10756] © Karsten Palt 2015-04-18
Beech (CCF) T-34A, Turkish Air Force, 54-5212, c/n CCF34-15,© Karsten Palt, 2015Beech (CCF)
T-34A
Turkish Air Force
Reg.: 54-5212
c/n: CCF34-15
 
ex RCAF 24212
Rahmi M Koc Museum [Istanbul]
[Photo-ID: 10609] © Karsten Palt 2014-10-23
Beech T-34A Mentor, Spanish Air Force, E.17-16, c/n G-786,© Karsten Palt, 2014Beech
T-34A Mentor
Spanish Air Force
Reg.: E.17-16
c/n: G-786
 
Museo del Aire [Madrid]
[Photo-ID: 11365] © Karsten Palt 2015-06-01
Beech T-34C Mentor, United States Marine Corps (USMC), 162645, c/n GL-330,© Karsten Palt, 2015Beech
T-34C Mentor
United States Marine Corps (USMC)
Reg.: 162645
c/n: GL-330
 
retired 2012, Celebrity Row
AMARG - Boneyard [Tucson, AZ]
[Photo-ID: 7636] © Karsten Palt 2013-08-16
Beech (CCF) T-34A Mentor, Turkish Air Force, 54-5216, c/n CCF34-19,© Karsten Palt, 2013Beech (CCF)
T-34A Mentor
Turkish Air Force
Reg.: 54-5216
c/n: CCF34-19
 
Turkish Air Force Museum [Yesilkoy, Istanbul]
[Photo-ID: 7637] © Karsten Palt 2013-08-16
Beech (CCF) T-34A Mentor, Turkish Air Force, 54-5220, c/n CCF34-24,© Karsten Palt, 2013Beech (CCF)
T-34A Mentor
Turkish Air Force
Reg.: 54-5220
c/n: CCF34-24
 
OK-20
Turkish Air Force Museum [Yesilkoy, Istanbul]
[Photo-ID: 5919] © Karsten Palt 2012-06-13
Beech T-34B Mentor, United States Marine Corps (USMC), 140688, c/n BG-22,© Karsten Palt, 2012Beech
T-34B Mentor
United States Marine Corps (USMC)
Reg.: 140688
c/n: BG-22
 
ex N2986F
Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum [San Diego, CA]
[Photo-ID: 13195] © Karsten Palt 2016-10-10
Beech YT-34A Mentor, United States Air Force (USAF), 50-0735, c/n G-4,© Karsten Palt, 2016Beech
YT-34A Mentor
United States Air Force (USAF)
Reg.: 50-0735
c/n: G-4
 
one of three prototype T-34 aircraft
Castle Air Museum [Atwater, CA]