Monthly Archives: February 2012

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Stearman M-2 Speedmail

Walter Varney had pioneered an airmail route in the Northwest in the late 1920s that many said was unflyable, but he had made it profitable. In fact, his sturdy and reliable Stearman C-3 aircraft were soon struggling to keep up with the volume. Varney thought a solution to this problem [...]

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A Gathering of Square Tails

The line-up of six of the seven civilian Stearmans in front of the 1930’s style buildings at Antique Airfield The themes for the 2006 AAA-APM Fly In were “Square Tail Stearmans” and “Crop Duster Days”. “Square Tail” Stearmans refers to the civilian model airplanes that were produced in [...]

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Speed Mail

It is an early spring morning. Low clouds and a thin fog unusual for this part of Texas diffuse the dim light of a hidden sun. The heavy dew on the short grass of the Corpus Christi airfield make for slippery going. A lineboy is sleepily stumbling through his morning [...]

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Stearman Model 4

“The Model 4 was the best airplane I ever designed!” declared Lloyd Stearman proudly. Forty of these aircraft were manufactured during the period 1929-1931 and perhaps a dozen or so remain. Juptner has this to say about the Model 4: “… the handsomest plane that Stearman ever built…with the N.A.C.A. [...]

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Stearman 3440

Stearman 3440 is serial number 104. It was the 4th and last stearman built in Venice, and is the only survivor, which makes it the worlds oldest stearman. Stearmans partner George Lyle was the first owner. The plane was on the coast of Washington being used for charter thru the [...]

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Stearman 4E Comes Home

On November 12, 1929, Keith Scott placed his verbal order for a Stearman Model 4E biplane . With the options , including a reserve fuel tank, retracting landing lights, dual flare tubes for night landing flares, radio, wheel pants, and a “relief tube”, the final delivery price was $18,107 . [...]

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