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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,C-45, UC-78, AT-24

DouglAs

Ft. Sumner, NM

I

UC-78, AT-17

unknown

La Junta, CO

J

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

Junta

Lemoore, CA

R

 AT-17, UC-78, AT-20

LemooRe

Mather, CA

T

 AT-7, AT-9, AT-18. AT-24

MaTher

Minter Field, CA

L

AT-6, AT-17, UC-78, B-25

Lerdo

Pecos AAF, TX

P

AT-17, UC-78

Pecos

Roswell, NM

W

 AT-17

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.
  •  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 " by Mather Field was for its Centralized Instructor School and was applied only 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, NM
  • Minter Field,CA discontinued Basic flight training in June 1944. In that same month they transitoned to a 2-E  Adv. training school..    

 

 

 

USAAF Central Flying Training Command

 

 

Army Air Field

Field Letter Code

Aircraft

Code Letter Source

Altus, OK

(NLA) 

AT-9, AT-17,UC-78

 

Blackland,TX *

#N

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

BlacklaNd

Brooks Field, TX

O

B-25

BroOks

Ellington Field, TX

(NLA)

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

 

Frederick, OK

(NLA)

AT-9, UC-78, A-26, B-25

 

Garden City, KS

(NLA)

AT- 17, UC-78

 

Lubbock, TX

(NLA)

AT-9, AT-17

 

Marfa, TX

N

AT-6, AT-11, AT-17, UC-78, AT-24

Unknown

Pampa, TX

# U

AT-9, AT-10, AT-17, UC-78, B-25

Unknown

Randolph Field, TX

G, H

AT-9

RandolpH

G -?

 

  (NLA): No Letter Asssigned

 

Historical Notes

 

  • 2-E training at Blackland AAF was a Sub-Base of Waco AAF. Their AT-9's did not display a field letter code.
  • Originally the AT-9's at Kelly Field used A and B letter codes which were suffixes (e.g. 23A, 24A...5B, 6B...)
  • The # above indicates that the field letter was a suffix (i.e. 234W).
  • Post WWII Garden City AAF had 1500 aircraft placed in storage 
  • Post WWII Independence AAF had 3000 aircraft placed in storage
  • Post WWII Altus AAF had 2500 aircraft placed in storage including many factory fresh B-17G's

 

 

 

 

 
 
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, AT-11, AT-17, UC-78

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

Stewart AAF, NY

(NLA)

AT-10

 

Stuttgart, AR

ST

AT-10, AT-17, UC-78

STuttgart

Turner Field, GA

T

AT-9, AT-10, AT-17

Turner

Tuskegee, AL

TU

 AT-10, TB-25

TUskegee

 

 

 

Historical Notes:

  • Adv-2E Flying Training was conducted at Stewart AAF, NY and was exclusively for the cadets at the USMA.
  • 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 
  • Turner AAF Navigation School was transferred to Selman AAF in Nov 42. It then became the Adv 2-E school with 38 AT-10 and 183 B-25 aircraft.
  • Freeman AAF utilized 250 AT-10 aircraft

 

 Some General Notes of Interest... 

 

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

 

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 

 


Photo Gallery

 

Western Flying Training Command (WFTC)

 

 

 

 Cessna AT-8 Bobcat    33

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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 

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"R" coded AT-20 based at Lemoore AAF, CA
 
Ken Crist Collection 

"R" coded AT-17 based at Lemoore AAF, CA
 
From the Collection of Ken Crist 

 

 

 

 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 (Tom Laemlein Collection)  

"CO" coded  AT-11 based at Columbus AAF, MS
 
USAAF Photo (Tom Laemin Collection) 

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End of the line...For Sale $1000 to $8000. Your pick!
Hicks Field, TX 
 
Photo source: Unkown 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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