Wartime Mission: Trainer Aircraft. The Stearman Boeing PT-17 “Kaydet” bi-plane 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.
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.
Number of Passengers: 1 (in front of pilot)
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
Type: Bi-plane Trainer
Maiden Flight: 1936
Theater of War: World War II (trainer)
Number Produced: 8,584
Status: Retired 31 August 1955
Crew: 2 (Instructor and Student)
Wingspan: 32 ft 2 in
Length: 24 ft 3 in
Height: 9 ft 092 in
Empty Weight: 1,936 lbs
Max Takeoff Weight: 2,717 lbs
Power Plant: (1) Continental R-670-5 Radial (uncowled)
Horsepower: 220 hp
Maximum Speed: 108 knots (124 mph)
Service Ceiling: 11,200 ft
Rate of Climb: 800 ft/min
Range: 439 nm (505 mi)
Flights on this plane
PT-17 Stearman - Seating Chart
* 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.
* Passengers must be 12 years of age or older.