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Photo ID: 1011327
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Model: 2PA, AT-12 Registration: N55539
Year: 1937 Serial Number: c/n 483-38, 41-17529
Engine(s): P&W R1830 Twin Wasp Owner: Planes of Fame Museum
Chino, CA
Location: Planes of Fame Museum
Chino, CA
Photographer: Stoltzfus, Ken
Date: 2003, October Present Registration: Same Present Owner (FAA info): Same
Notes: 2/6/04 - In 1936 Major Alexander de Seversky won the U.S. Army Air Corps competition for a new pursuit aircraft. According to the 1938 Jane's, Seversky was awarded a contract to build 85 P-35's and the order was completed in 1937.

It seems that Seversky was not a real good businessman, and when he was out of the country in early 1939 his board fired him. They renamed the company, "Republic Aviation Corp."

The new company developed an export version of the P-35 and called it the EP-106. Before they were all delivered, the U.S. government placed an embargo on all arms that were not going to Britain. In 1940 these were impressed into service for our USAAC with the designation P-35A.
 

Photo ID: 1011328
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Notes: Seversky/Republic developed a two-seat export version of the P-35A and called it the 2PA. A few aircraft went to Japan as the A8V Dick, and two went to Sweden. Fifty more that were ordered by Sweden were impressed by the USAAC and became the AT-12, Advanced Trainer. According to Joe Baugher they were given serial numbers 41-17494/17543.

Per the 1938 Jane's, the 2PA had a maximum speed of 300-MPH and a service ceiling of nearly 30,000 feet. Planes of Fame lists N55539 as c/n 483-38, which according to Baugher makes it s/n 41-17529.
Photographer: Stoltzfus, Ken
 

Photo ID: 1015007
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Notes: I bought this 8x10 B&W photo from a collection. It is certainly an AT-12, and I believe it is c/n 483-38, s/n 41-17529 of Planes of Fame. I suspect it was taken some time ago when they were in a different facility. The number 18 on the cowling should be a dead giveaway, and I'd be happy for someone to confirm (or contradict) my assumption.

Note that the aircraft now has a Hamilton Standard 23E50 Hydromatic instead of the original non-feathering, counterweighted prop.
Photographer: Ken Stoltzfus Collection
 

Photo ID: 1015008
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Notes: Another photo I bought of c/n 483-38, but with the aircraft in a different location! This and the previous photo were not taken on the same day. I welcome any thoughts on location and approximate date.
Photographer: Ken Stoltzfus Collection
 
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