Monthly Archives: May 2002

My First “Up Close and Personal” with a Stearman

It was pretty exciting for a kid to be living in the middle of a busy Kansas oil patch just across the road from the Cities Service gasoline plant where his dad worked, but there was more. Our next door neighbor, Harry Wheeler, owned an airplane (I found later that [...]

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Our Stearman in Outback, Australia

If you were offered an all-expenses paid trip to the red centre of Australia, I’ll bet you’d jump at the chance like we did!  Castle Rock productions wanted to use our Stearman in a film called “Down & Under” and they were offering money to use our talents and skills [...]

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A Truly Custom Stearman

Our Stearman was manufactured by Boeing 10/21/1943. It was assigned to the Naval Air Station at Ottumwa, Iowa. It spent the entire war there until 6/12/1946 when it was stricken from active duty and designated surplus. Terry Aircraft of Helena, Arkansas purchased the N25-5, Bu Aer No. 43615, and Ser [...]

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An Ode As To What Not To Ignore On A PT13D-Lycoming Engined Stearman

Prologue  June 6, 2001, was an interesting day.  A day that will live in my mind forever.  The PT13D with its nine-cylinder Lycoming engine had just undergone an annual.  The day was clear and beautiful, but winds from the north at twenty knots, with gusting, would get a  Stearman pilots [...]

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Our Stearman Featured in the Olympic Television Program

We have owned this plane since 1977.  In 1996 we started a ground up restoration.  In 1999 it won outstanding WW II trainer at Oshkosh and the Brush and Canvass award at Galesburg. Fifteen Seconds of Fame If you watched the Olympics you may have caught a glimpse of our [...]

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Another New Stearman Owner

Enclosed is a picture and story of my Stearman. Off the assembly line Feb. 22, 1943. Next day up to Grosse Isle, Detroit for a tour with the navy. Sold as surplus in 1946. Went dusting and then back to original in the early 70’s. The log’s are interesting and [...]

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