In 1933, the designers of the American company “Starman” designed the training aircraft, with a motor 215 l,p, called the “model 70”. It was an all-metal biplane with fabric covering, which had fixed landing gear with cantilever main legs and tailwheel. After successful prototype tests launched it into production.
The first production aircraft was called the “model 73”, or NS and was equipped with a J5 motor (220 HP). It was intended for schools of naval aviation. Behind him, in 1934, followed by a PT-13 “Cadet” for the Aviation corps of the army, distinguished by engine R-680. The most popular type was the PT-17 with the motor R-670; it was produced until the end of the Second world war. In parallel, for the fleet did options PT-13 and PT-17 under the designation N2S. The last type was the PT-18 with the motor R-755. By the end of 1945, produced 8584 aircraft.
“Cadet” was operated in flight schools in USA, Canada and several countries in Latin America before the end of the 1940s After the war many machines were sold to private individuals. They were used as training in flying clubs, agricultural and sports.
The data of RT-17 “Cadet” motor R-670 with 220 HP Length of 7.54 m, height – 3.0 m wingspan of the upper wing – 9.81 m, the wing area is 22.7 m2. Empty weight – 878 kg maximum take-off – 1200 kg Maximum speed – 217 km/h, cruising – 155 km/h Practical ceiling – 4024.