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

Number of Passengers: 1 (in front of pilot)
Price: $300
Accessibility: Must be able to climb into cockpit; total passenger and pilot weight not to exceed 450 lbs.
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.
* All flights take-off from and land at the same airport.
* Must be able to climb into cockpit; total passenger and pilot weight not to exceed 450 lbs.