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March 2000 Issue

T-34 Mods Trouble?

FAA says some imported T-34s may have military mods that make them unairworthy

Some of the following information is derived from the FAA’s Service Difficulty Reports. Click here to view "Airworthiness Directives."

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After the air combat simulation accident involving a Beech T-34, the FAA issued an AD limiting the airplane’s aerobatic flight. As part of the investigation into the accident, the FAA has determined that a number of T-34s have been imported into the United States that have been sufficiently modified so that they no longer meet the original type design.

Over the years since the aircraft was originally produced, many of them have been exported and used by foreign governments for military missions or...

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