The T-34C Turbomentor is an unpressurized two-seat, tandem cockpit low-wing turboprop trainer whose mission is to train Navy and Marine Corps pilots.
The T-34C is used to provide primary flight training for student pilots. As a secondary mission, approximately 10 percent of the aircraft provide pilot proficiency and other aircraft support services to Commander, Naval Air Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet; Commander, Naval Air Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet; and Naval Air Systems Command's "satellite sites" operated throughout the continental United States. The T-34C was procured as a commercial-derivative aircraft certified under an FAA Type Certificate. The T-34C was derived from the civilian Beechcraft Bonanza. Throughout its life, the aircraft has been operated and commercially supported by the Navy using FAA processes, procedures and certifications.
Primary Function: Training platform for Navy/Marine Corps pilots
Contractor: Raytheon Aircraft Company (Formally Beech Aircraft)
Date Deployed: Operational: 1977
Unit Cost: $1 million.
Propulsion: Model PT6A-25 turbo-prop engine (Pratt & Whitney Aircraft of Canada).
Length: 28 feet 8 inches (9 meters).
Height: 9 feet 11 inches (3 meters).
Wingspan: 33 feet 5 inches (10 meters).
Weight: 4,425 Lb., Empty Wt. approx. 3,000 Lb.
Airspeed: Max: 280 Knots (322 miles per hour or 515 km per hour).
Ceiling: 25,000 Feet .
Range: Approximately 600 nautical miles.
Crew: Two (instructor pilot, student pilot).