10/31/2010. Between 1935 and 1938, the Vultee company achieved considerable success exporting examples of its V-11 light bomber to China, the USSR, Turkey and Brazil.
Finally, on June 24, 1938, the USAAC ordered seven V-11-GBs, s/n 38-549 to 38-555, c/n 132 to 138, designated YA-19. They were powered by a 1,200 hp Pratt & Whitney R-1830-17 Twin Wasp fourteen-cylinder two-row air-cooled radial engines. They carried six 0.30 in (7.62 mm) machineguns, while also a bomb load of 1,080 lb (490 kg) could be carried internally and externally.
The first YA-19 flew on January 27, 1939 and by July six had been delivered, serving initially at March Field, California, they soon were transferred to the Panama Canal Zone and used by military attaches in Central America and then were transferred to the Panama Canal Zone, where they served with military attaches on duty in neighboring countries.
The seventh YA-19, s/n 38-555, was fitted with a 1,200 hp Lycoming O-1230-1 twelve-cylinder liquid-cooled engine, and redesignated XA-19A it first flew on May 22, 1940. Later it became the sole XA-19C when it was re-engined with a R-1830-51. The second YA-19, s/n 38-550 was assigned to Pratt & Whitney for engine development work and fitted with an 1800 hp R-2800-1 Double Wasp eighteen-cylinder two-row air-cooled radial engines it was redesignated XA-19B.
View also photo 2613.