The AT-19 was designed from a need by the Fleet Air Arm of the British Royal Navy for an Observer,
navigation, and photography training airplane. The AT-19 was "loosely" based on the SR-10 design, however
the AT-19 has a longer fuselage, different tail plane configuration, and different landing gear design. 501 of
this model were produced from November 1942 through Feb 1945. During the war most of these airplanes
were flown from Detroit to the New York area where they were crated and shipped overseas, the first
stop being in the UK. Approximately 70 of the first 100 AT-19's built flew south through Texas, Central
and South America finally ending up at Piarco Trinidad where they were assigned to 752 Squadron. After
the war, between 350 and 400 were returned to the US and sold by the War Assets Administration in July
1946 for between $1500 and $2500, depending on condition. It was the responsibility of the new owners
to convert the airplane from it's military configuration to civilian use in order to comply with the CAA's "V-77"
Type Certificate. This appears to have been accomplished either by the individuals themselves or the owners
local maintenance facilities. The versatility of this airplane is evident by it's diverse post-war roles. It was not
only an airplane flown by the discriminating aviator, but it served as an airliner everywhere from Alaska to
Suriname. It was a bush plane in Canada, a ski plane, and even a float plane in Sweden. Of the 501 built,
it's believed that about 20 - 25 are still flying today.