|Manufacturer||Consolidated Aircraft Company, Fleet Aircraft|
|Primary users||United States Army Air Corps
United States Coast Guard
The Consolidated Model 21 was an American two-seat training aircraft built by the Consolidated Aircraft Company. It was used by the United States Army Air Corps with the designation PT-11 and the United States Coast Guard under the designation N4Y
Design and development
The Model 21 was an aerodynamic cleaned up version of the Model 12/PT-3, one of the distinguishing features being curved instead of angular tail surfaces. The aircraft was a single-engined biplane with fixed tailwheel landing gear and accommodation for two in open cockpits.
Designated the PT-11 by the United States Army Air Corps it progressed through a number of trial variants but was not built in large numbers. 11 Examples of the model 21-C were built in Canada as the 21-M for Mexico but none were built for local use.
- (Model 21A). Prototype powered by 170 hp (130 kW) Kinner engine, first flew February 1931.
- Evaluation aircraft for US Army based on the Model 21A with a 165 hp (123 kW) Continental R-545-1 engine, four built.
- One YPT-11 was re-engined with a 175 hp (130 kW) Curtiss R-600-1 Challenger engine, originally as Y1PT-11A, later converted to PT-11C standard.
- One YPT-11 was re-engined with a 210 hp (160 kW) Kinner YR-720-1 engine and designated Y1PT-11B. 5 production aircraft for US Army with another for the United States Coast Guard and designated N4Y-1.
- PT-11A re-engined with a 180 hp (130 kW) Lycoming YR-680-1 engine. One or two converted for US Army, with 18 new-build aircraft for Colombia.
- Production version with 220 hp (160 kW) R-680-3 engine, originally designated Y1PT-11D. 21 new-built, plus five conversions from Y1PT11-Bs and two from Y1PT-11s.
- A version of the PT-11 with a 300hp R-985-1 engine and detailed changes, ten built later redesignated BT-7.
- One YPT-11 was re-engined with a 300hp R-985-1
- Redesignation of Y1BT-6.
- PT-12 aircraft redesignated.
- Evaluation aircraft for the United States Coast Guard, three built.
- One YPT-11B for the USCG, later modified to the same standard as the XN4Y-1
- Colombian Air Force (PT-11C).
- Paraguayan Air Arm (Model 21-C).
- Mexican Air Force (Model 21-M).
Data from "The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Aircraft (Part Work 1982-1985)" Orbis Publishing
- Crew: two
- Length: 26 ft 11 in (8.20 m)
- Wingspan: 31 ft 7 in (9.63 m)
- Height: 9 ft 8 in (2.95 m)
- Wing area: 280 ft² (26.01 m²)
- Empty weight: 1,918 lb (870 kg)
- Max. takeoff weight: 2,585 lb (1173 kg)
- Powerplant: 1 × Lycoming R-680A radial piston, 200 hp (149 kW)
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