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Boeing-Stearman Kaydet

N62TS N68461
N68461 N746BJ

Bcker B.131A Jungmann

Stampe & Vertongen SV-4
G-IIYI Boeing-Stearman A75N-1 Kaydet c/n 75-4645 - AeroSuperBatics Wingwalking - Oostwold airfield in Holland - 9 June 2019 vliegveld Oostwold (EHOW)

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, over 2000 airframes were converted for agricultural spraying after the war.

Boeing-Stearman A75N-1 s/n 75-4645 G-IIYI is operated by the 'AeroSuperBatics Wingwalking Team'. Around 1943, the airframe was constructed as a PT-17 Kaydet Model A75N-1 with the USAAF s/n 42-16482, as part of a batch built in the s/n 75-4059/75-4886 series, for which the USAAF serials 42-15896/16723 were assigned. Further details and the history in military service about this airframe are not known yet. On 13 February 1992, the first steps in it's civil life were recorded, when a Certificate of airworthiness was issued as NX49943 for the Boeing-Stearman A75N-1 s/n 75-4645 . On 8 July 1993, the A75N-1 was registered N49943 with Met Air Lease Inc, and on 20 March 1996, the Certificate of airworthiness for the N49943 was issued. On 3 August 1999, the Boeing-Stearman A75N-1 N49943 was registered with Met Air Lease Inc, Fairfield, NJ. On 31 July 2008, the aircraft was registered with Merkel Air Inc Owner Trustee, Wilmington, DE. In service with Merkel Air Inc Owner Trustee, the N49943 was one of the Boeing-Stearman A75N-1 bi-planes used by AeroSuperBatics for wing-walking, since 2011 mostly known as the Breitling Wingwalkers, at that time sponsored by Breitling. On 13 August 2018, registration N49943 was cancelled as exported to the UK, and on 14 August 2018, the Boeing-Stearman A75N-1 s/n 75-4645 was registered G-IIYI with V.S.E. Norman The Engine Shed, Rendcom. The aircraft is powered by a 400 hp 9 cylinder Pratt & Whitney Wasp Junior R-985-AN-14B air-cooled radial engine.

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