Boeing Stearman VH-LSJ

The Boeing Stearman Model 75 Kaydet is a large biplane which was used as an ab initio military trainer during World War 2. Boeing built 8,584 Stearmans in all versions plus about 2,000 in spares during the 1930s and 1940s for the US Army Air Corps and US Navy.

 

The US Navy Stearmans were painted overall yellow and nicknamed the "Yellow Peril", thanks to it’s somewhat tricky ground handling characteristics. The simple construction, rugged dependability and nimble handling made the Stearman an ideal trainer for novice pilots and was much loved by those who flew and were trained by her. The Stearman has fabric covered wooden wings, single leg landing gear and an over built welded steel fuselage. Only radial engines were used.

Sold by the thousands after World War II, the Stearman has had a long and full career as a trainer, crop duster,air show performer and they have now commenced into a 4th phase of life where they have been restored back to original specifications by their temporary caretakers (owners). This aeroplane is caretaken by John Tabone who bases the aeroplane at "The Missions 1937"

 

Miss Demeanour, a Boeing Stearman N2S-3, BuAerNo 07080, C/N 75-6684, was accepted by the US Army at Boeing, Wichita, Kansas, and loaned to the US Navy. Her total cost was $8,474-00. She is powered by a Continental 220hp 7 cylinder W670 radial engine. (Capacity 670 cubic inches).

She was assigned to the Naval Air Station Bunker Hill, Peru, Indiana (now Grissom Air Force Base) and commenced primary flight training on the 12 October 1942.

She served until 31 March 1946 and was sold by the War Assets Administration for $510-00 and assigned UScivil registration number N 75167. Over the years she passed through several owners and in 1982 she was restored in US Army colours and imported to Australia in 1988 and is now registered as VH-LSJ.


 

 

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