Yearly Archives: 2000


Why Does a Stearman Want to Go Left in Takeoff?

A common hangar flying topic after the Stearmans are safely put away  is “having to hold right rudder on takeoff”.  Everyone knows you have to do it and  also has strong opinions on why it happens.  1. It’s the torque !! 2. It’s gyroscopic precession!! 3. It’s  the dreaded “P” factor !! 4. It’s [...]

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NSFI 2000 Recolections

Wednesday, August 30th saw the unofficial beginning of this year’s National Stearman Fly-In, when George Triche eased his yellow Stearman onto the runway at Galesburg Municipal Airport.  By the following Wednesday there were over 100 Stearmans registered at the Fly-In.  The official count shows that by Saturday evening 138 Stearman [...]

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Hard-Starting Stearmans

Hardly anything is more frustrating than getting ready to go flying on a beautiful day and then finding that your engine will not start (unless it is flying the first leg of your trip only to find that your hot engine will not restart!). Lycoming-powered Stearmans and Continental-powered Stearmans share [...]

By |2000-11-07T00:00:27+00:00November 7th, 2000|Flying-Wire|Comments Off on Hard-Starting Stearmans

The Classic Stearman

Although there have been hundreds of different types of airplanes developed in the last ninety-seven years, only a very few have had the qualities of design, performance, esthetics, and most importantly, the opportunity to become a classic.  Of these acknowledged classics, very few have been training airplanes.  Without a doubt, [...]

By |2000-11-06T00:00:56+00:00November 6th, 2000|Flying-Wire|Comments Off on The Classic Stearman

Rules of Flight

author unknown 1. Every takeoff is optional. Every landing is mandatory. 2. If you push the stick forward, the houses get bigger. If you pull the stick back, they       get smaller. That is, unless you keep pulling the stick all  the way back, then they get bigger again. 3. Flying isn't dangerous. Crashing [...]

By |2000-11-06T00:00:41+00:00November 6th, 2000|Flying-Wire|Comments Off on Rules of Flight

The Dorr Custom Stearman

N22D is a custom modified Stearman. (Boeing PT 17) and was built by Johnny Dorr at Maryland airport in 1947 and 1948. The following is a brief writing by Johnny Dorr as to why he rede-signed and modified the airplane. His first airshow aerobatic exhibition with the airplane was in [...]

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