Yearly Archives: 2015

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Flying The Beast

INTRODUCTION My first flying love has always been the Stearman, and if you hang around Stearmans long enough, you probably also have an affinity for large, radial engine, tailwheel airplanes. This usually generates at least a passing interest in agricultural airplanes, or still commonly called “crop dusters”. The dusting has [...]

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Take Offs Part 2

Now we are ready to talk about flying the Stearman. Once you have completed your run-up and are ready for take-off, be sure to check the area for inbound traffic and position your seat height as you desire. When you are in position on the runway make a final wind [...]

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Inspecting Wood Structures

An aluminum structure, when highly stressed, will wrinkle and deform as the metal reaches its elastic state and take a permanent set that the mechanic can visually detect. However wood will not take a permanent set when overstressed and degradation can begin that will eventually lead to failure. If a [...]

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17th Annual Stearman Golf Outing

Notes from Jeanne Conlon, Becky Patterson and Diane Stickle, Golf Outing Co-Chairs on the events of the day. “The forecast for Monday, May 4, was cloudy with a 60% chance of rain. Not a good day for the 17th Annual Stearman Golf Outing. What happened was a sunny afternoon of [...]

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Take Offs Part 1

It’s a beautiful day and you decide that you want to go fly your Stearman. So you go out to the airport, roll it out of the hangar, crank it up and taxi out to the runway. There you line it up, cobb the power to it and launch yourself [...]

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The Renovation of N613S

This is a story about the renovation of a vintage WWII Stearman. It begins with the partners, then discovery of the airplane, restoration, test flights, flight training and sustained operations. The Partners There were three of us, all Pratt & Whitney engineers stationed in South Florida, who had daytime jobs [...]

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