T-34C Turbo Mentor

From 1977 until the airplane’s last instructional flight in 2012, Student Naval Aviators completed primary, the first stage of flight training, in the T-34C.  Thousands of individuals received their first Navy flight time learning the basics of flying in the T-34C, their nearly 70 hours in the cockpit including the first solo.  Top speed of the T-34C was 322 m.p.h. and it could reach an altitude of 25,000 ft.