The Beechcraft T-34 Mentor
is a propeller-driven, single-engined, military trainer aircraft
derived from the Beechcraft Model 35
. The earlier versions of the T-34, dating from around the late 1940s to the 1950s, were piston-engined
. These were eventually succeeded by the upgraded T-34C Turbo-Mentor
, powered by a turboprop
engine. The T-34 remains in service almost six decades after it was first designed.
The T-34 was the brainchild of Walter Beech
, who developed it as the Beechcraft Model
private venture at a time when there was no defense budget for a new trainer model. Beech hoped to sell it as an economical alternative to the North American T-6/NJ Texan
, then in use by all services of the U.S. military.
In early month of this year, one of the T-34 Indonesian Air Force had crash in Magelang, Central Java and took the life of the pilot Capt. Ali Mustofa.
I dedicated this model for the fallen and for all Indonesia Air Force (TNI AU)
"Swa Bhuwana Paksa"
wings and wheel hatch assembly