Airbase Arizona - Commemorative Air Force

N2S-3 Stearman

N2S Stearman

Wartime Mission: Trainer Aircraft.  The Boeing Model 75 US Navy N2S-3 Stearman bi-plane (Navy variant of PT-17 and also referred to as “Kaydet”) served as a military trainer in the 1930s and 1940s for the USAAF (USAF), US Navy, and the Royal Canadian Air Force.  A total of 8,584 were built in the United States and is one of the most recognized trainers of all time. The majority of pilots learned to fly in a Kaydet and were required to solo in this aircraft before receiving pilot wings.

Post-War

Crop dusting, aerobatics, wing walking and various sport uses. It has also been in the movies seen chasing Cary Grant across a field in North by Northwest and was featured in The Aviator.

Flight details

Flight time is approximately 30 minutes in the air.

Number of Passengers: 1 (in front of pilot)
Price: $300
Accessibility: Please see disclaimer and boarding video below.
Ear Protection: Headset (provided or bring your own)
Flight Intensity: Medium

Boeing PT-17 Stearman

General Characteristics
Type: Bi-plane Trainer
Manufacturer: Boeing
Model: 75 U.S. Navy N2S-3 “Stearman”
Maiden Flight: 1936
Introduced: unknown
Theater of War: World War II (trainer)
Number Produced: 8,584
Status: Retired 31 August 1955

Dimensions
Crew: 2 (Instructor and Student)
Wingspan: 32 ft 2 in
Length: 24 ft 3 in
Height: 9 ft 6.25 in
Empty Weight: 2,080 lbs
Max Takeoff Weight: 2,950 lbs

Performance
Power Plant: (1) Continental R-670-4 Radial (uncowled)
Horsepower: 220 hp
Maximum Speed: 186 mph
Maximum Cruising Speed: 108 knots (124 mph)
Service Ceiling: 13,200 ft
Rate of Climb: 800 ft/min
Range: 240 nm (280 mi)

Flights on this plane

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PT-17 Stearman - Seating Chart

  • Passengers must be 12 years of age or older. Minors who fly (age 12-17) must have their guardian complete a Minor Hold Harmless agreement and the guardian(s) must be present on the day of flight.
  • Maximum passenger weight 290 lbs.
  • For safety reasons, all passengers must wear close-toed shoes. No Sandals or flip-flops will be allowed.
  • All flights take-off from and land at the same airport.
  • For your safety and ours, Passengers must be able to enter and exit the aircraft without assistance. Passengers that cannot board without assistance will not be flown. Passengers may be required to demonstrate that they can board and exit the aircraft prior to boarding. Please see the video for more information.