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"BP" Coded AT-6 based at BFTS No. 4, Mesa, AZ

USAAF Photo from the Collection of Erick Johnson

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The British Flying Training Schools (BFTS)

The British FlyingTraining Schools represents the classic "All-Through School" as described on the Home page of this site. The RAF cadets training at the referenced fields utilized the PT-17 or PT-19 for primary, then the BT-13 for basic and finally the AT-6 for their flying qualification.Typically each BFTS location was provided with forty each of the three types of aircraft. Through RAF Hq. insistance the Vultee BT-13 Valiant aircraft was withdrawn from the flying training sequence and students transitioned directly from primary to advanced flying training.  Given the RAF success of this revised flying training plan the USAAF (and USN) withdrew the BT-13 from their flying training program as well.  As a point of interest occasionally a contingent of USAAF cadets were included in the British schools and upon graduation were awarded both USAAF and RAF wings for their uniforms. 


 

BFTS

Location

Contract School

Fuselage Code

Code Letter Source

No. 1

Terrell, TX

Terrell Aviation School

 K(...), S, J, V

alphabet mix

No. 2

Lancaster, CA

Polaris Flight Academy

BL

British Lancaster

No. 3

Miami, OK

Spartan School

W, H(x,y), O, H, B

alphabet mix

No. 4

Mesa, AZ

Southwest Airways

BP

British Phoenix

No. 5

Clewiston, FL

Riddle-McKay Aero School

A(x), B(x), C(x)

A, B, C format

No. 6

Ponca City, OK

Darr School

B

British

No. 7

Sweetwater, TX

Aviation Enterprises, Ltd.

U

HoUston

                                               

Note: The BT-13 was withdrawn from the BFTS flying training syllubus in November 1942.  Cadets then transitioned directly to the AT-6 from PT aircraft.
 
  
BFTS No. 1 (Terrell, TX)                 Fuselage Code: S, J, V, K(x), K(x,x) x=alpha letters A thru Z

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"V" coded PT-17 based at BFTS No. 1


Photo by L. Dawson (RAF Cadet)

"V" coded AT-6 based at BFTS No. 1


Photo by L. Dawson (RAF Cadet)

   "K" series coded AT-6's based at BFTS No.1
 
 
USAAF Photo 

 


BFTS No.2  (Lancaster, CA)           Fuselage Code:  BL

 

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"BL" coded PT-17 based at BFTS No.2
 
 
P/O Thomas Forbes Collection 

"BL" coded BT-13 based at BFTS No.2
 
P/O Thomas Forbes Collection 
 

"BL" coded AT-6 based at BFTS No.2
 
P/O Thomas Forbes Collection 

"BL" coded PT-17 based at BFTS No.2
 
Photo Courtesy of the Ken Crist Collection 

 
Note that code letter "BL" is about half height of the field number

 

 

 

 

BFTS No. 3 (Miami, OK)                 Fuselage Code: B, H, W, O, H(x,x)  x=Alpha letters A thru Z

 

Note: Miami was the only BFTS to utilize the Fairchild PT-19 for the primary phase of flying training. 


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"H" coded PT-19 based at BFTS No.3

( A former Randolph Field aircraft) 


Courtesy of the Paul Roales Collection

"W" coded AT-6 based at BFTS No.3


Courtesy of the Paul Roales Collection

"O" coded AT-6 based at BFTS No.3

(A former Brooks Field aircraft) 


Courtesy of the Paul Roales Collection 

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"HAB" coded AT-6 from BFTS No. 3


Photo courtesy of the Mike Starmer Collection

 

"B" coded BT-13 based at BFTS No.3
(code on cowling only) 
 
Photo from the Collection of Paul Roales 
 

 

 

BFTS No.4 (Falcon Field, Mesa, AZ)         Fuselage Code: BP


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"BP" coded BT-13 based at BFTS No. 4


USAAF Photo from the Collection of S. Hoza

  "BP" coded AT-6 based at BFTS No. 4


Photo courtesy of the Mike Starmer Collection

"BP" coded PT-17 based at BFTS No. 4
 
 
Photo from the Collection of Chris Baird 

 


BFTS No. 5 (Clewiston, FL)         Fuselage Code: A(x), B(x), C(x)   x= alpha letters A thru Z


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"AX" coded AT-6 based at BFTS No. 5


Courtesy of the BFTS No.5 Museum

"CC" & "CD" coded AT-6's based at BFTS No. 5
 
 
Photo courtesy of the Ken Crist Collection 

"AJ" coded AT-6 based at No. 5 BFTS
 
 
Photo from the Collection of Brian Hastings 
 
 

 


 

 

BFTS No. 6 Ponca City, OK            Fuselage Code: B

 

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"B" coded BT-13 based at BFTS No. 6


USAAF photo from the Paul Denson Collection

 

"B" coded PT-17 based at BFTS No. 6


Photo by Cliff Nemo

"B" Coded AT-6 based at BFTS No. 6
 
USAAF Photo from the Collection of Ken Crist 

 

 

BFTS No. 7 (Sweetwater , TX)                   Fuselage Code:  U and possibly BU

 

There was only one class ever at this field (Primary). 


 

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"U" coded PT-17 previously used at BFTS No.7
 
Photo Courtesy of TWU Collection 
 

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