The Stearman was widely used by the US military as a primary trainer during WWII and many were auctioned off for a pittance after the war. An old-time pilot I knew some 40+ years ago told me he bought one, new, still in the crate for $450. Because they were relatively cheap and very sturdy many were converted to crop dusters. While there were several engine variants on the original military models, most of them were in the range of 220+ horsepower. Many of the models converted to dusters had the engines upgraded to the Pratt & Whitney R-985, which was nearly double the original horsepower. There are about 1000 still registered in the US, but probably not nearly that number still in flying condition.

Probably the most memorable movie scene with a Stearman is the one chasing Cary Grant in "North By Northwest".


-p


On 10/12/2016 11:08 PM, Alan C wrote:
I did some research & found that 8 survive in SA. A 9th was written off in Tzaneen (just north of here) in 2007.

Alan C

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Thanks, Alan, Malcolm and Paul!


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On Wed, Oct 12, 2016 at 1:32 AM, Alan C <c...@lantic.net> wrote:

A real beauty. Looks like Biggles himself!

Alan C

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A classic Bi-Wing airplane:
http://photo.net/photodb/photo?photo_id=18297375&size=lg
Comments are invited.

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