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Stearman PT-17 “Kaydet” Biplane

Rod Lawrence, Stearman Flyers, Inc., enlisted Santa’s help for the December 13, 2015 delivery of this classic American aircraft to the Museum just in time for the holidays.

This immaculately-restored example of the iconic biplane was used to trained thousands of pilots for World War II.

Also known as “the Yellow Peril,” the PT-17 first flew in 1934.  Over 10,000 were built through 1945, and over 1,000 are still flying today.  It was used by the Army Air Corps, the Navy (under the designation N2S), and the Royal Canadian Air Force, where it was given the nickname “Kaydet.”

The Museum’s Stearman was completely restored in 2012 and will be displayed in front of the World War II Gallery.

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