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Priceville in Morgan County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

T-34 C Mentor Plane

 
 
T-34 C Mentor Plane Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes Tidwell, January 14, 2021
1. T-34 C Mentor Plane Marker
Inscription.  The first primary training aircraft produced for the military service following World War II, the T-34 Mentor entered service with the U.S. Air Force in 1950. Not until 1954 did the Navy decide to procure the Beech Aircraft Corporation product as a replacement for the venerable SNJ Texan plane. The T-34 Mentor is a propeller-driven single-engine military trainer aircraft until upgraded to the T-34C Turbo-Mentor, powered by a turboprop engine. It is the T-34C that pilots experience loops and rolls and achieve the time-honored milestone of their first solo. Originally delivered as a piston-engine aircraft, the T-34Cs currently in service are powered by a Pratt & Whitney PT-6 turboprop, which allows for higher performance. The primary mission of the T-34Cs have been used by the Naval Air Training Command to train numerous Naval Aviators and Naval Flight Officers for the U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Coast Guard, and numerous NATO and Allied nations. With over 35 years of service, the T-34C is gradually being phased out of the U.S. Navy's inventory and will eventually be replaced by the T-6 Texan II plane.

With special

T-34 C Mentor Plane Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes Tidwell, January 14, 2021
2. T-34 C Mentor Plane Marker
gratitude to Donnie Lane, Stan Smith, and Pryor Field for their help with the T-34C Mentor. We would also like to "Thank" James and Jacqueline Pugh of Pugh Engineering for designing the Mounting plates for the T-34C Mentor
 
Topics. This memorial is listed in this topic list: Air & Space.
 
Location. 34° 31.342′ N, 86° 53.424′ W. Marker is in Priceville, Alabama, in Morgan County. Memorial can be reached from Willowbrook Street north of Alabama Route 67 when traveling west. Part of the Morgan County Veterans Memorial. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Decatur AL 35603, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. M601A Tank (a few steps from this marker); The Huey Helicopter (within shouting distance of this marker); United States Navy (within shouting distance of this marker); USS San Jose (AFS-7)Anchors / BOFORS TWIN 40mm Anti-Aircraft Gun (within shouting distance of this marker); United States Army (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Prisoner of War or Missing in Action (about 300 feet away); Morgan County Veterans Memorial (about 300 feet away); United States Air Force (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Priceville.
 
Also see . . .  Beechcraft T-34 Mentor. The T-34 Mentor series served the United States Air Force and United States Navy
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well in training generations of aviators in the years following the close of World War 2 (Submitted on January 20, 2021, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 24, 2021. It was originally submitted on January 20, 2021, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA. This page has been viewed 26 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 20, 2021, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA. • Mark Hilton was the editor who published this page.
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