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Beechcraft T-34 Mentor

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Beechcraft Model 45, T-34 Mentor, RCAF (Serial No. 24205), over RCAF Station Penhold, Alberta, 12 Aug 1954.

The Beechcraft T-34 Mentor is an American propeller-driven, single-engined, military trainer aircraft derived from the Beechcraft Model 35 Bonanza. 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 more than seven decades after it was first designed.

RCAF Course Nos. 5409 and 5411 flew the T-34 as experimental replacement for the Harvard, 1954. Mentors served with the RCAF in the mid 50's, including briefly at Penhold, Alberta, RCAF Course..1954. One crashed while in RCAF service, the remaining 24 were given to Turkey. Harold Skaarup web page and Wikipedia

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last update: 2021-10-20 13:45:22

Mentor 24201

s/n
 24201
c/n
 CCF34‑4

Known Squadron Assignments:

In Turkish service carried codes OK-1, then 2-201, then serial 54-5201. There is an aircraft displayed at Izmir/Çigli, marked 2-201, but its identity is not confirmed. last update: 2024-February-19
   1954-May-25 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
   1956-March-08 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 476

Mentor 24202

s/n
 24202
c/n
 CCF34‑5

Known Squadron Assignments:

In Turkish service carried codes OK-2, then 2-202, then serial 54-5202. last update: 2024-February-19
   1954-May-25 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
   1956-March-08 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 476

Mentor 24203

s/n
 24203
c/n
 CCF34‑6

Known Squadron Assignments:

In Turkish service carried codes OK-3, then 2-203, then serial 54-5203. last update: 2024-February-19
   1954-May-25 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
   1956-March-08 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 476

Mentor 24204

s/n
 24204
c/n
 CCF34‑7

Known Squadron Assignments:

In Turkish service carried codes OK-4, then 2-204, then serial 54-5204. last update: 2024-February-19
   1954-June-24 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
   1956-March-08 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 476

Mentor 24205

s/n
 24205
c/n
 CCF34‑8

Known Squadron Assignments:

In Turkish service carried codes OK-5, then 2-205, then serial 54-5205. last update: 2024-February-19
   1954-June-18 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
   1956-March-08 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 476

Mentor 24206

s/n
 24206
c/n
 CCF34‑9
c/r
 TC‑CCA

Known Squadron Assignments:

In Turkish service carried codes OK-6, then 2-206, then serial 54-5206. Later to Turkish civil register as TC-CCA. Displayed in Ankara/Etimesgut museum from May 1998 to September 2007 (at least). last update: 2024-February-19
   1954-June-24 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
   1956-March-08 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 476

Mentor 24207

s/n
 24207
c/n
 CCF34‑10
c/r
 TC‑CCB

Known Squadron Assignments:

In Turkish service carried codes OK-7, then 2-207, then serial 54-5207. Later to civil register as TC-CCB, seen at Etimesgut in May 1998. last update: 2024-February-19
   1954-May-25 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
   1956-March-08 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 476

Mentor 24208

s/n
 24208
c/n
 CCF34‑11

Known Squadron Assignments:

In Turkish service carried codes OK-8, then 2-208, then serial 54-5208. Preserved, displayed in Eskisehir/Havacilik Parki ve Tayyare Muzesi. last update: 2024-February-19
   1954-June-24 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
   1956-March-08 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 476

Mentor 24209

s/n
 24209
c/n
 CCF34‑12

Known Squadron Assignments:

In Turkish service carried codes OK-9, then 2-209, then serial 54-5209. last update: 2024-February-19
   1954-May-25 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
   1956-March-08 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 476

Mentor 24210

s/n
 24210
c/n
 CCF34‑13

Known Squadron Assignments:

In Turkish service carried codes OK-10, then 2-210, then serial 54-5210. last update: 2024-February-19
   1954-May-25 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
   1956-March-08 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 476

Mentor 24211

s/n
 24211
c/n
 CCF34‑14
c/r
 TC‑CCC

Known Squadron Assignments:

In Turkish service carried codes OK-11, then 2-211, then serial 54-5211. Later to civil register as TC-CCC. Seen at Etimesgut in May 1998. Preserved, displayed at Kayseri/Erkilet Air Base, marked 2-211. last update: 2024-February-19
   1954-May-25 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
   1956-March-08 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 476

Mentor 24212

s/n
 24212
c/n
 CCF34‑15
c/r
 TC‑CCD

Known Squadron Assignments:

In Turkish service carried codes OK-12, then 2-212, then serial 54-5212. Later to Turkish civil register as TC-CCD. Seen at Etimesgut in May 1998. Preserved, displayed in Istanbul/Rahmi M Koç Museum, marked OK-12. last update: 2024-February-19
   1954-May-25 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
   1956-March-08 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 476

Mentor 24213

s/n
 24213
c/n
 CCF34‑16

Known Squadron Assignments:

In Turkish service carried codes OK-13, then 2-213, then serial 54-5213. last update: 2024-February-19
   1954-May-25 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
   1956-March-08 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 476

Mentor 24214

s/n
 24214
c/n
 CCF34‑17
c/r
 TC‑CCE

Known Squadron Assignments:

In Turkish service carried codes OK-14, then 2-214, then serial 54-5214. Later to Turkish civil register as TC-CCE. Seen at Etimesgut in May 1998. Preserved, displayed in Ankara THK Museum, marked "24217". last update: 2024-February-19
   1954-May-25 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
   1956-March-08 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 476

Mentor 24215

s/n
 24215
c/n
 CCF34‑18
c/r
 TC‑CCG

Known Squadron Assignments:

In Turkish service carried codes OK-15, then 2-215, then serial 54-5215. Later to Turkish civil register as TC-CCG. Seen at Etimesgut in May 1998. last update: 2024-February-19
   1954-May-25 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
   1956-March-08 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 476

Mentor 24216

s/n
 24216
c/n
 CCF34‑19
c/r
 TC‑CCH

Known Squadron Assignments:

In Turkish service carried codes OK-16, then 2-216, then serial 54-5216. Later to Turkish civil register as TC-CCH. Seen at Etimesgut in May 1998. There is an aircraft marked OK-16 displayed in the Istanbul IAP/Yesilkoy/Turkish Air Force Museum, identity not confirmed. last update: 2024-February-19
   1954-May-25 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
   1956-March-08 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 476

Mentor 24217

s/n
 24217
c/n
 CCF34‑20
c/r
 TC‑CCI

Known Squadron Assignments:

In Turkish service carried codes OK-17, then 2-217, then serial 54-5217. Later to Turkish civil register as TC-CCI. Seen at Etimesgut in May 1998. last update: 2024-February-19
   1954-May-25 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
   1956-March-08 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 476

Mentor 24218

s/n
 24218
c/n
 CCF34‑21

Known Squadron Assignments:

In Turkish service carried codes OK-18, then 2-218, then serial 54-5218. last update: 2024-February-19
   1954-May-25 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
   1956-March-08 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 476

Mentor 24219

s/n
 24219
c/n
 CCF34‑22

Known Squadron Assignments:

In Turkish service carried codes OK-19, then 2-219, then serial 54-5219. last update: 2024-February-19
   1954-May-25 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
   1956-March-08 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 476

Mentor 24220

s/n
 24220
c/n
 CCF34‑23

Known Squadron Assignments:

The aircraft was being operated by No. 4 Flying Training School at R.C.A.F. Station Penhold. It was lost on the 2nd of December, 1954 when both wings failed while the pilot was carrying out aerobatic maneuvres. It struck the ground seven miles south of Eckville Corners, Alberta and destroyed. Flying instructor 105382 Flying Officer Darrel Arthur Thomas Hurley from Westmount, Quebec was killed. He was only 22 years old.(Source Chris Charland)

From the VAC accident summary: "The instructor was conducting an authorized instructional flight when he advised the student pilot that he (the instructor) was going to do a manoeuvre consisting of a loop, rolls, and a second loop. The instructor asked the student pilot if he had ever blacked out. The student pilot told the instructor he had never blacked out. The instructor then told the student pilot that he intended to pull-up sharply from the dive after the second loop.

The instructor then began the manoeuvre previously described. During the pull-up from the second dive, the aircraft was apparently overstressed and the wings failed. The student pilot managed to bail-out at an altitude of about 3,000 feet. The aircraft crashed and burned at approximately 1430 Mountain Standard Time (MST). The instructor was unable to bail-out and was killed in the crash. The investigation found that although the student pilot had parachuted to safety, his parachute had gotten fouled with the tail section when he exited the aircraft and a section of the canopy had been ripped from top to bottom."(Source Christopher Shelley)

last update: 2024-February-19
   1954-May-25 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
   1954-December-22 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 477

Mentor 24221

s/n
 24221
c/n
 CCF34‑24

Known Squadron Assignments:

In Turkish service probably carried codes OK-20, then 2-220, then serial 54-5220. There is an aircraft displayed in the Istanbul IAP/Yesilkoy/Turkish Air Force Museum, marked 2-220, but its identity is not confirmed. Also reporeted on US civil register as N3424A. last update: 2024-February-19
   1954-May-25 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
   1956-March-08 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 477

Mentor 24222

s/n
 24222
c/n
 CCF34‑25

Known Squadron Assignments:

In Turkish service probably carried codes OK-21, then 2-221, then serial 54-5221. last update: 2024-February-19
   1954-May-25 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
   1956-March-08 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 477

Mentor 24223

s/n
 24223
c/n
 CCF34‑26
c/r
 TC‑CCF

Known Squadron Assignments:

Reported in Canadian sources as delivered to Greece, but with Turkish Air Force by late 1950s. In Turkish service probably carried codes OK-22, then 2-222, then serial 54-5222. Later to Turkish civil register as TC-CCF. Seen at Etimesgut in May 1998. last update: 2024-February-19
   1954-May-25 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
   1956-March-08 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 477

Mentor 24224

s/n
 24224
c/n
 CCF34‑27

Known Squadron Assignments:

In Turkish service probably carried codes OK-23, then 2-223, then serial 54-5223. last update: 2024-February-19
   1954-May-25 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
   1956-March-08 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 477

Mentor 24225

s/n
 24225
c/n
 CCF34‑28

Known Squadron Assignments:

In Turkish service probably carried codes OK-24, then 2-224, then serial 54-5224. last update: 2024-February-19
   1954-May-25 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
   1956-March-08 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 477

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