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Boeing Stearman

The Kaydet, the two-seater biplane introduced by Stearman Aircraft Division of Boeing in Wichita, Kan., in 1934, became an unexpected success during World War II. Despite its almost obsolete design, its simple, rugged construction made it ideal as a trainer for novice pilots for the U.S. Army Air Corps (PT-13/-17) and U.S. Navy (NS/N2S).

The Kaydets had fabric-covered wooden wings, single-leg landing gear and an over-built welded-steel fuselage. Only radial engines were used. Between 1936 and 1944, Boeing built 8,584 Kaydets, in all versions, plus the equivalent of 2,000 more in spares.

Kaydets were widely used airplanes. In addition to sales to the Navy and the Army Air Corps, the trainers were sold to Canada, China, the Philippines, Venezuela, Argentina and Brazil for both military and civilian uses. Many were still in service in the early 1990s. Their slow, low-level flying capabilities made them particularly suitable for crop dusting and spraying.

Text by the official Boeing website.

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Registry: N68407

Type: Single-engine propeller biplane, trainer

Manufacturer: Boeing

Country of origin: USA

First flight: 1934

Date of purchase: 2014

Technical characteristics

Length 24ft 3in / 7.3m
Height 9ft 8in / 3m
Wing span 32ft 2in / 9.8m
Weight
  • Net: 878kg / 1,931lb
  • Full: 1200kg / 2,635lb
Engines Lycoming R-680 B4D 9 cylinder air-cooled radial
Power/thrust 220HP
Max speed 135Mph / 217Kmh
Max operating altitude 13,200ft / 4,024m
Armament None
Capacity 2 people
Crew 1 pilot