First developed in 1938 as a civilian aircraft (the M-62), orders for this rugged primary trainer grew rapidly with the onset of World War II. By war’s end, over 7,000 Cornells variants were produced. Cornells were supplied to Canada, Norway, Brazil, Ecuador, and Chile. To keep up with demand, they were built under license by Aeronca, Howard, St. Louis Aircraft Corporation and Fleet Aircraft, Ltd.
The PT-19A (serial number 43-31365) was a gift to MAPS by Barbara Bergstrom of Cleveland. It was disassembled and transported to MAPS in April 2002.