Taylorcraft B

Model B
1946 model Taylorcraft BC-12-D
Role Light aircraft
Manufacturer Taylorcraft Aircraft
Designer Clarence Gilbert Taylor
Developed from Taylorcraft Model A
Variants Taylorcraft Auster
Taylorcraft BC-12-D
Taylorcraft BC-12-D 1946 Model with custom painted fabric

The Taylorcraft B is a light, side-by-side two-place, single-engine, high-wing general aviation monoplane that was built by the Taylorcraft Aviation Corporation of Butler, Pennsylvania.[1][2]

Production and construction

The Model B was constructed in large numbers during the late 1930s and early 1940s and was available for delivery from the factory as a land plane and a floatplane. Like many light aircraft of its day, the fuselage is constructed of welded steel tubing and covered with doped aircraft fabric. The wings are braced using steel-tube struts.

Operational history

The Model B was mainly bought by private pilot owners. Large numbers were flown in the United States, and many were sold to owners in Canada and several overseas countries, including those in Europe. Many are still active in 2015.


1938 - Based on the Model A with a 50 hp Continental A-50-1 engine and modified wing construction, also known as the BC-50
1939 - Seaplane variant of the BC
1939 - Model BC with a 65 hp Continental A-65-1 engine.
1939 - Seaplane variant of the BC-65.
BC-12-65 (L-2H)
1941 - As BC-65 except for minor structural changes and added elevator trim tab and a Continental A-65-7 engine.
1941 - Seaplane variant of the BC-12-65
BC-12D Twosome
1945 - Postwar production version of the BC-12-65 with a Continental A-65-8 engine with alternate tail surface, alternate one piece window and other minor changes.
1946 - Seaplane variant of the BC-12D
1946 - As the BC-12-D with left hand door, parking brake and right-hand wing tank removed
1946 - Seaplane variant of the BC-12D1
1946 Taylorcraft BC-12-85
BC-12D-85 Sportsman
1948 - A BC-12D fitted with a 85 hp Continental C85-8F engine and increased power and gross weight.
1948 - Seaplane variant of the BC-12D1.
1949 - A BC-12D-85 fitted with an extra rear side window and a Continental C85-12F engine.
1949 - Seaplane variant of the BC-12D-4-85.
BF (L-2G)
1938 - Franklin 4AC-150 engine
1939 - Seaplane variant of the BF.
1939 - As BF with a 60 hp Franklin 4AC-171 engine.
1939 - Seaplane variant of the BF-60.
1941 - A BF with a 65 hp Franklin 4AC-176-B2 engine, also known as the BF-12-65 (L-2K).
1941 - Seaplane variant of the BF-65
1938 - with a 50 hp Lycoming O-145-A1 engine, also known as the BL-50
1939 - Seaplane variant of the BL.
BL-65 (L-2F)
1939 - A BL with a 65 hp Lycoming O-145-B1 engine.
1939 - Seaplane variant of the BL-65.
BL-12-65 (L-2J)
1941 - A BL-65 with a Lycoming O-145-B1 engine and minor structural changes and added elevator trim.
1941 - Seaplane variant of the BL-12-65.

Specifications (Taylorcraft 19)

Data from Plane and Pilot[2]

General characteristics


See also

Related development
Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era

Notes and references

  1. The Pittsburgh Press, Move Stated to Bring Plane Factory Here, July 22, 1947
  2. 1 2 Plane and Pilot: 1978 Aircraft Directory, p. 75. Werner & Werner Corp, Santa Monica CA, 1977. ISBN 0-918312-00-0

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