The Valiant first entered service in 1940, and even if it was primarily used by American pilots, it eventually ended up being deployed in the service of around 27 countries. The large number of Valiants made, over 9,500, more than allowed for that to happen.
As with any airplane, there were several variants of the Valiant. The BT-13A, like the one we have here, is the most common, with over 6,400 of them made. It came with a 450 hp engine, it was capable of flying at speeds of up to 180 mph (290 kph), and for a range of up to 725 miles (1,160 km). Because it was designed as a trainer aircraft, it lacked any armaments.
We dug this one up not in a museum, where one usually finds such machines, but somewhere in Ontario, Canada, waiting for a buyer to come along and once again take it to the sky. It still wears the livery of the USAAC and, even if we’re not explicitly told so, it looks airworthy.
The plane shows according to the seller on Platinum Fighters 2009 hours total time since new. The asking price for it is about as much as one would pay for a high-end car, $110,000.