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Consolidated TW-8 / PT-1 Trusty 


Improvements to the Dayton-Wright Company TW-3 design continued and included the removal of the engine cowling (for improved forward cockpit visibility) and a redesigned fuselage in a slimmer form with tandem instructor/student seating (this model being known as the "Camel" for the visible bump appearing between the two seating areas). The Camel was evaluated under the (unofficial) designation TW-8 and accepted into service as the PT-1 with 221 being delivered beginning 1924 and replacing the TW-3's in service. The PT-1 represented the first aircraft purchase of the Army Air Service since the closing shots of World War One.


The PT-1 was a biplane aircraft with a simple two-wheel undercarriage, an engine mounted at the front of the design, a traditional tail section and twin side-by-side seating for instructor and student. The aircraft featured a choice of a Clerget or Le Rhone engines. The PT 1 basic trainer included innovations like a fuselage framework from welded chrome molybdenum steel. Because of it was so sturdy and dependable, it was nicknamed "Trusty".

The PT-1 would eventually be replaced itself by the Consolidated PT-3 from 1928 onwards.

Consolidated PT-1 Trusty

Engine: 1 x Wright-Hispano E 8-cylinder water-cooled Vee, 180hp.
Length: 27.76ft (8.46m)
Width: 34.45ft (10.50m)
Height: 9.84ft (3.00m)
Empty Weight: 1,806lbs (819kg)
Maximum Take-Off Weight: 2,577lbs (1,169kg)
Maximum Speed: 92mph (148kmh; 80kts)
Cruising speed: 68 kt / 126 km/h
Maximum Range: 350miles (563km)
Rate-of-Climb: 690ft/min (210m/min)
Service Ceiling: 13,448ft (4,099m; 2.5miles)
Accommodation: 2



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