In 1939 the US Army Air Corps decided that ab
initio pilot training should shift from the then
traditional biplane to monoplanes with higher wing loadings, thus
giving cadets experience
more closely resembling the
fighter aircraft to which they would later graduate. Evaluation of
Fairchild's M62 design led to
substantial orders of the same basic airframe in three variations:
with a 175 Hp Ranger L-440-1 inverted in-line.
The PT-23 with an
uncowled Continental R-670 radial and
(basically a PT-19 built in Canada with a 200 hp Ranger).
The machine above is a PT-19A,
formerly the USAAC's 41-14724, where it served at West
Point.. It went to the
RFC at McKellar Field, Tennessee in August of 1944. This aircraft
written off in a crash at
Joshua Tree Airport, in the Mojave Desert, in 1967 when it undershot
the landing strip and hit
power poles. My shot was taken at Chino in 1962.