Beechcraft  T34B “Mentor”

beechcraft t34 140x85The venerable T-34 was the brainchild of Walter Beech, who developed the plane from his highly successful civilian Model 35 Bonanza.  
Needing an updated trainer to replace the ageing North American AT-6/SNJ, Beech offered his new Model 45 to the U.S. military at a time when there was no budget for the development of a new trainer.
Having been updated in several variants since the first flight in 1948, this airframe has trained untold numbers of airmen in more than two dozen countries, and it remains in active service today after more than six decades of faithful service.

Country: USA

Manufacturer: Beechcraft

Engine: Continental IO-550B

Horsepower: 300hp

Max Speed: 322 mph

Weight: 4300 lbs

Ceiling: 30,000 feet

Range: 500 miles

Wing Span: 32′ 10″

Length:25′ 10″

Height: 10′ .25″

Crews: Two, Instructor and student>

Fighter Factory operates and mainatins many WWII & WWI flying military aircraft including:

Fighters | Bombers | Trainers |Liaison & Other historical Military antiques

Spitfire | P-51 Mustang | Hawker Hurricane | TMB Avenger | P-40 Curtiss | PBY Catalina | FG-1D | SNJ-2 | T28-D | Corsair | Polikarpov PO-2 | Polikarpov I-15bis | Polikarpov I-16 Rata | Polikarpov I-163 | YAK | A-26 Invader | Junkers JU-52 | Sopwith Strutter | Tiger Moth DH-82A | SPAD SXIII | FM-2 Wildcat | Stearman N2S-3 | AD-4 Skyraider | Alabtros D.Va | Beechcraft T-34B | Bell P-63 | Bleriot X1 | Peashooter P26-D | Jungmeister 133C | Chipmunk DGC-1 | WACO YMF-5 | V1 Flying Bomb | Focke Wolfe FW-44J | Fokker Tri-Planes | Fokker Bi-Planes | Halberstadt | TG-4A | Russian LA-9 | Nieuport model 11 |

The above list is incomplete and we have more aircraft available at the museum


Fighter Factory – 1341 Princess Anne Road, Virginia Beach, Virginia, 23457

About Us

Fighter Factory

is the restoration & maintenance & facility for the
Military Aviation Museum.

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The new hangar was recently built in April 2011 on the grounds of the Virginia Beach Airport adjacent to the Museum

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We employ a team of 15 highly skilled and experienced aviation technicians to ensure our aircraft remain safely in flight operational status. Meeting all FAA standards as required

Restoration Work

In addition to aircraft maintenance, Fighter Factory staff are also involved in much of the aircraft restoration projects, either on-site or at remote locations.

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Whenever new aircraft are acquired for the museum it is the responsibility of Fighter Factory staff to become technically proficient and knowledgeable in that particular aircraft. To ensure flight safety for pilots & ground crew

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