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Boeing-Stearman Kaydet

Boeing-Stearman N2S-3 Kaydet F-AZJR/741

The Stearman (Boeing) Model 75 is a biplane used as a military trainer aircraft, of which at least 10,626 were built in the United States during the 1930s and 1940s. Stearman Aircraft became a subsidiary of Boeing in 1934. Widely known as the Stearman, Boeing Stearman or Kaydet, it served as a primary trainer for the USAAF, the USN (as the NS & N2S), and with the RCAF as the Kaydet throughout World War II.

  • Role: Biplane Trainer
  • National origin: United States of America
  • Manufacturer: Stearman Aircraft / Boeing
  • First flight: 1934
  • Number built: 10,626

Specifications (PT-17)

General characteristics

  • Crew: two, student and instructor
  • 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 × Continental R-670-5 seven-cylinder air-cooled radial engine, 220 hp (164 kW)

Performance

  • 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