Boeing Stearman N74650 16032013
Boeing/Stearman N2S-3 c/n 75-7478 N74650 in the hangar of the Flying Museum Seppe (in Dutch: Vliegend Museum Seppe) at Seppe airfield in The Netherlands (EHSE) on 16 March 2013. The aircraft was built in 1943 and served as primary trainer with the U.S. Navy. Former president George Bush sr. was one of the Navy pilots who earned their license on the Boeing Stearman. The type was developed by the Stearman company as model 75 before Stearman became the Wichita division of Boeing. The US Army Air Forces designations were PT-13/PT-17/PT-18/PT-27, the Navy used the designations N2S-1/2/3/4/5, depending on the engines used. The N2S-3 is similar to the air force's PT-17A and was equipped with a Continental R-670-4 engine. This particular aircraft is registered in the FAA register as a A75N (PT17). During WWII the Canadians ordered the Boeing 75 and called it the "Kaydett", a name that was not favoured by the Americans, who simply kept calling them Boeing Stearmans. More than 10.000 Boeing Stearmans were produced, the 10.000th being covered with the signatures of Boeing Wichita workers.
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