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"Y" coded AT-9 and UC-78B based at Williams Field, AZ


Official USAAF Photo courtesy of Ken Crist


Advanced Twin-Engine Flying Training was a seventy hour course where the cadet would learn: the art of
flying a multi-engine aircraft, formation flying and night flying on instruments. Aircraft utilized were the
Curtiss AT-9, Beech AT-10 and the Cessna AT-17 / UC-78. Upon completion the cadet received his wings
and a commision. (Source: NMUSAF)

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This Curtiss AT-9 is the only remaining intact example of the type in existance and is on display at the USAF Museum in Dayton, Ohio

 

Photo by J.D. Voss 

This Beech AT-10 Wichita is the only remaining intact example of the type in existance and is on display at the USAF Museum in Dayton, Ohio.


Photo by J.D Voss 

 

 
 
USAAF Western Flying Training Command

Army Air Field

Field Letter Code

Aircraft

Code Letter Source

Douglas, AZ

A

AT-9, AT-17, UC-78, AT-24

DouglAs

Ft. Sumner, NM

I

UC-78

unknown

La Junta, CO

J

AT-9, AT-17, AT-24, UC-78, B-25

Junta

Marfa, TX

N

 AT-17, UC-78, B-25

unknown

Mather, CA

T

 AT-9,

MaTher

Pecos AAF, TX

P

AT-17, UC-78

Pecos

Roswell, NM

W

AT-9, AT-10,  AT-17, UC-78

RosWell

Stockton Field, CA*

K

AT-8, AT-9, AT-17, AT-20

StocKton

Victorville, CA

V

AT-9,  AT-17

Victorville

Williams Field, AZ **

Y

AT-9, AT-10,  AT-17

HigleY

Yuma, AZ

U

AT-9, AT-17

YUma

 

 

Historical Notes 

 

* In 1944 Stockton Field transitioned from an advanced 2-E school to a basic school.

   Note: Of the 33 Cessna AT-8's produced Stockton operated nine. 

 

** The Beech AT-10 was removed from service at Williams Field, AZ as the very low relative humidity and high heat was detrimental to the adhesives and compromised the structural integrity of the airframe. The aircraft type was relegated to operations in the central and eastern portions of the US where the relative humidity was higher.  The AT-10 was constructed mostly of plywood. 

 

 The usage of the field letter of " I " was originally utilized by Mather Field for its Centralized Instructor School and was applied to their Ryan PT-22 Recuits. This school was later transferred to Randolph Field and eventually disbanded. The letter was then re-assigned to Ft. Sumner AAF.    

 

 

USAAF Central Flying Training Command

 

 

Army Air Field

Field Letter Code

Aircraft

Code Letter Source

Altus, OK

#M

AT-9, UC-78

 

Blackland,TX *

#N

AT-9, AT-10, AT-17

BlacklaNd

Brooks Field, TX

O

AT-9, AT-10, AT-17, B-25

BroOks

Ellington Field, TX

(NLA)

AT-9

 

Frederick, OK

(NLA)

AT-9, UC-78

 

Kelly Field, TX

O

AT-10

BroOks

Lubbock, TX

(NLA)

AT-9, AT-17

 

Pampa, TX

# U

AT-9, AT-10, AT-17, UC-78

unknown

Randolph Field, TX

G, H

AT-9

RandolpH

G -?

 

 

 (NLA): No Letter Asssigned

#  The field letter code was a suffix to the assigned field number (e.g. 432U)

 

Historical Note

 * 2-E training at Blackland AAF was a Sub-Base of Waco AAF. Their AT-9's did not display a field letter code.


 

 
 
USAAF Eastern Flying Training Command

Army Air Field

Field Letter  Code

Aircraft

Code Letter Source

Blytheville, AR

BL

AT-9, AT-10, AT-17, AT-24

BLytheville

Columbus, MS

CO

AT-8, AT-9, AT-10

COlumbus

Freeman Field, IN

F

 AT-10

Freeman

George Field, IL

GE

AT-9, AT-10

GEorge

Maxwell Field, AL

M

AT-9, AT-17

Maxwell

Moody Field, GA

MO

AT-9, AT-10, AT-17

MOody

Shaw AAF, SC

S

AT-10

Shaw

Stuttgart, AR

ST

AT-10, UC-78

STuttgart

Turner Field, GA

T

AT-9, AT-10, AT-17

Turner

Tuskegee, AL

TU

 AT-10, TB-25

TUskegee

 

 Note 1: Adv-2E Flying Training was conducted at Stewart AAF, NY and was exclusively for the cadets at the USMA. Their AT-10's did not carry a field letter code.

 Note 2: Turner AAF Adv -2E Flying Training was discontinued in July 1944 as the base transitoned to B-25 pilot training. 

 

Deliveries of 2-E aircraft to the USAAF  1946 Surplus Sales Prices * 

 

Cessna AT-8 Bobcat    33 None available

Curtiss AT-9 Jeep  791 $ 1500

Beech AT-10 Wichita 2371 $ 7500

Cessna AT-17 Bobcat 1199 $ 1000 -$ 8000

Lockheed AT-18 Hudson   300 $ 6000

Federal AT-20 Anson     50 None available

Cessna UC-78 Bobcat 3437 $ 1000 - $ 8000 

 

Historical Notes:

 

  • Cadets typically received 75-80 hrs flying instruction prior to moving to Transition-Specialized aircraft.
  • The Curtiss AT-9 was barred from civilian surplus sales because of inherent dangers of the aircraft. However, Dan Hagedorn's book "The Curtiss-Wright AT-9..." pg. 152 states that six aircraft were indeed sold surplus to individual buyers in 1946. The majority of the aircraft were scrapped at Hatbox Airlfield, OK (328) and Stamford, TX (86). The sole existing intact aircraft is on display at the NMUSAF.  
  • Post-WWII sales of the Beech AT-10 were made primarily for the purpose of scavengng the engines from the airframe for use on PT-17 crop duster aircraft. The sole existing intact AT-10 is on display at the NMUSAF.
  • Following V-E Day all remaining AT-20's were returned to the RCAF 

 

* Larkins, W.T. "Surplus WWII Aircraft", 2005, pg-178-181  

 


Photo Gallery

 

Western Flying Training Command (WFTC)

 

 

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"A" coded AT-9 based at Douglas AAF, AZ


Official USAAF Photo via D. Trojan

"I" coded UC-78B based at Ft. Sumner AAF, NM
 
 
USAAF Photo from the Collection of J.Voss 
 
 

"J" coded AT-17's based at La Junta AAF, CO
 
USAAF Photo from the Collection of Ken Crist 

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"T" coded AT-9 based at Mather Field, CA 

 

Photo by W.T. Larkins

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"T" coded AT-9 based at Mather Field, CA 

 

Photo by W.T. Larkins

"W" coded AT-17's based at Roswell AAF, NM


Official USAAF Photo from Ken Crist Collection

"K" coded AT-20's based at Stockton AAF, CA. Note original RCAF yellow paint scheme.
 
USAAF Photo from the Collection of Ken Crist 

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"K" coded AT-17 based at Stockton Field, CA 


Photo by W.T. Larkins

"V" coded AT-9 based at Victorville AAF, CA.

USAAF Photo courtesy of Ken Crist Collection

"Y" coded AT-9 based at Williams Field, AZ


USAAF Photo from the Collection of Steve Hoza 

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"U" coded  AT-9 based at Yuma AAF, AZ 

 

USAAF Photo from the W.T. Larkins Collection

"L" coded AT-17 based at Coalinga (an Aux of Minter Field), CA
 
 
USAAF Photo from the Collection of Ken Crist 

"A" coded AT-17's based at Douglas AAF, AZ
 
Source: Ken Crist Collection 

 

 

 

 Central Flying Training Command (CFTC)

 

 

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"N" (suffix coded) AT-17's based at Waco AAF (Blackland Field), TX


Official USAAF Photo 

"O" coded AT-10 based at Brooks Field, TX
 
Photo from the Chuck Cravens Collection 

"G" and "H" coded AT-9's based at Randolph Field, TX 

 

Official USAAF Photo via Tom Michel

 

  

 Eastern Flying Training Command (EFTC) 

 

 

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"BL" coded  AT-9 based at Blytheville AAF, AR 


Official USAAF Photo from G. Myers Collection

"CO" coded AT-17 based at  Columbus AAF, MS


Official USAAF Photo via D. Trojan

"F" coded AT-10 based at Freeman Field, IN


Official USAAF Photo via Ken Crist

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"GE" coded  AT-10  based at George Field, IL

USAAF Photo 

"M" coded AT-9 & AT-17 based at Maxwell Field, AL
 
Official USAAF Photo  
 
 

"MO" coded AT-10's based at Moody AAF, GA
 
USAAF Photo from the Collection of Ken Crist 

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"ST" coded AT-10's based at Stuttgart AAF, AR 

USAAF Photo courtesy of Stuttgart Public Library Collection

"T" coded AT-10's based at Turner Field, GA


Official USAAF Photo via D. Trojan

"TU" marked AT-10 based at Tuskegee AAF, AL
 
USAAF Photo from the Collection of Terveurn 

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"GE" coded AT-9 based at George Field, IL
 
USAAF photo 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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