Boeing N2S-3 Stearman (Trainer)

General Information

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MAKE: Boeing-Stearman
NUMBER BUILT: 1,875
MISSION: Trainer
NICKNAME: Yellow Peril
Located in Hangar 37

Background

This Boeing N2S-3 Stearman Kaydet was known as “Yellow Peril.” The two-seater bi-plane was able to quickly separate the men from the boys during flight training for the U.S. Navy (and the U.S. Army Air Corps as the PT-13/-17) during the 1930s and 1940s. Many Kaydets are still flying today.

Our Stearman is known as the “Bush Stearman.” President George H.W. Bush soloed in this aircraft on December 15, 1942, while participating in flight training at Naval Air Station, Minneapolis, MN.

His flight logbook reflects tail numbers and flight hours of each plane flown during flight training.

George H.W. Bush was commissioned ensign June 1943, making him the youngest naval aviator at the time (18 years old). His TBM was hit near Chichi Jima requiring him to bail out. H.W. Bush flew 58 missions, was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, three Air Medals, and the Presidential Unit Citation aboard USS Jacinto.

Characteristics

CONTRACTOR: Boeing-Stearman
DATE DEPLOYED: 1934
PROPULSION: One Continental W-670 radial engine, 220 hp ( kW)
SPAN: 32 ft 2 in (9.81 m)
LENGTH: 24 ft 9 in (7.54 m)
HEIGHT: 9 ft 8 in (3 m)
WEIGHT: 2,635 lb
MAXIMUM SPEED: 135 mph
SERVICE CEILING: 13,200 ft
RANGE: 505 mi
CREW: 2, Instructor and Student

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