The Boeing Stearman (Model 75) was used as a primary training aircraft in the United States in the 1930 and 1940s. It proved to be such a strong and reliable workhorse that over 10,600 were built during this period. After the end of the war, thousands of surplus aircraft were sold on the civilian market and they were used for air shows, wing walking, aerobatics and crop dusting.
Our example, an N2S-3, originally built for the US Navy basic trainer. After service with US Navy it spent time in South America as crop duster before being restored to airworthiness in the UK in the early 1990s. Now fitted with a 300hp 9 cylinder Lycoming radial engine, the Stearman is an iconic eye catching aircraft that always turns heads wherever it goes.
- Crew: Two, student and instructor (but always flown solo for displays)
- Length: 24 ft 9 in (7.54 m)
- Wingspan: 32 ft 2 in (9.81 m)
- Height: 9 ft 8 in (3 m)
- Wing area: 298 sq ft (27.7 m²)
- Empty weight: 1,931 lb (878 kg)
- Max. takeoff weight: 2,635 lb (1,200 kg)
- Powerplant: 1 × Lycoming R-680-E3A 9 Cylinder Radial – 300hp (223 kW)
- Maximum speed: 135 mph (117 knots, 217 km/h)
- Cruise speed: 96 mph (83 knots, 155 km/h)
- Service ceiling: 13,200 ft (4,024 m)
- Climb to 10,000 ft (3,330 m): 17.3 min