V-77/AT-19 

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.

 

 

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