Fairchild PT-19

The Fairchild PT-19 (company designation Fairchild M62) was an American Fairchild Aircraft monoplane primary trainer aircraft that served with the United States Army Air Forces, RAF and RCAF during World War II. It was used by the USAAF during Primary Flying Training as the introductory phase trainer for introducing new pilots to flying.  As with other USAAF trainers of the period, the PT-19 had multiple designations based on the powerplant installed.

General characteristics

  • Crew: 2 (pilot, student)
  • Length: 28 ft 0 in
  • Wingspan: 36 ft 0 in
  • Height: 10 ft 6 in
  • Wing area: 200 sq ft
  • Empty weight: 2,113 lb
  • Gross weight: 2,800 lb
  • Powerplant: 1 × Ranger L-440-3 6-cyl. inverted air-cooled in-line piston engine, 200 hp


  • Maximum speed: 132 mph
  • Range: 348 nm
  • Service ceiling: 15,300 ft
  • Time to altitude: 17.5 min to 10,000 feet