The first PT-19 rolled out of the Hagerstown factory in Feb 1940 and by the end of the year two to three airplanes were being produced each day. By that time the U.S. Army had ordered the PT-19A model, incorporating minor improvements and a 200 hp Ranger 6-440C-5. Once we entered the war it was clear that there were going to be thousands of new pilots which needed trainers and Fairchild was committed to supplying these trainers. However by 1942 is was clear that the Ranger division could not build engines as fast as the airplane were being produced. Because of the tremendous demand for the trainers the army decided that other manufactures would built the Fairchild design under license.
By 1944 the training program had reached its peak and so the last PT-19 and PT-26 planes were delivered in April of 1944 with a total of 8,129 of the model 62’s and variance were produced.. After the war the planes were sold as surplus as little as $750 dollars out of the crate.
Fairchild PT-19 N54977 S/N T43-5770
Empty Weight: 2053 lbs
Gross Weight: 2800 lbs
Max Speed: 115 mph
Cruise Speed: 105 mph
Stall Speed: 55 mph
Range: 350-400 miles