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Boeing-Stearman Kaydet

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F-AZGM Boeing-Stearman A75N1 Kaydet c/n 75.589 - La Ferté Alais aerodrome near Paris in France - 24 July 1989 La Ferté Alais aerodrome (LFFQ)

The Boeing-Stearman Model 75 "Kaydet" two-seat biplane is a primary trainer. The Stearman Model 75 was evolved from the Stearman Model 6 or YPT-9 Cloudboy as a private venture by the Stearman Aircraft Company of Wichita. Model 73, the prototype of the Kaydet flew first on 26 November 1934. The Kaydet became a success: it was ordered by the U.S.Navy and the U.S.Army for use as a trainer. The Navy named the Boeing 75 the NS-1, later evolved into the N2S series. The Army aircraft was the PT-13, later evolved into the PT-17 and PT-18. The Kaydet variants were sold for military and civilian users outside the USA to countries like Canada and China. Boeing built 8584 Model 75 in all versions, plus the equivalent of 2000 more in spares. Lloyd C. Stearman founded the Stearman Aircraft Company in 1926. In 1929 Lloyd Stearman sold his company to the 'United Aircraft and Transport Corporation'. In September 1934 the group was split up and Boeing Air Transport, pulled out of this group and took the Stearman Aircraft Company with it as wholly owned subsidiary. The Boeing-Stearman Model 75 and its variants were manufactured by the Stearman Aircraft Company in Wichita, Kansas from 1934 through 1945. In 1938 the Stearman Aircraft Company became the Stearman Aircraft Division of the Boeing Aircraft Company. Generally, all the Stearman Kaydet airframes built are the same with the only major difference being the engine installed. Due to the Kaydet's solid construction and reliable low speed handling, after the war over 2000 airframes were converted for agricultural spraying.

Boeing-Stearman A75N1 Kaydet s/n 75.589 was built in 1941. The bi-plane served with the U.S.A.A.C. as the PT-18 40-2032. After being withdrawn from use with the Army Air Corps the aircraft was registered N61304 and N65D in the USA. On 29 June 1988, registration N65D was cancelled as exported to the UK. On 24 October 1988, the Boeing A75N1 was registered G-BPEX in the UK with Derrek Gardner t/a Dega-applied Technology at Coventry Aiport, Baginton. On 14 April 1989, registration G-BPEX was cancelled as exported to France. On 16 August 1989, the Stearman was registered F-AZGM in France with Laurent Mouillebouche, Le Cargadou, and based at Figeac-Livernon in the region Midi Pyrenees. On 24 July 1989, the Boeing-Stearman A75N1 Kaydet was seen at La Ferté Alais aerodrome in France as F-AZGM with 'U.S. Air Mail No19' colors.

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