Boeing N2S Stearman
Primary Trainer, U.S. Navy and Army Air Corps :: The Yellow Peril


You Can Fly the N2S Stearman!
The classic lines of the famous Boeing N2S / PT-17 Stearman biplane trainer hearken back to a simple time in aviation. Designed before WWII, the Stearman draws its engineering to the rugged biplanes that crossed the continent flying Airmail -- in fact, earlier Stearman Models did just that!

The Stearman was usually the first airplane a pilot would fly when becoming a U.S. Naval Aviator or Army Air Corps Cadet. Its simple steel tube fuselage and wood and fabric wings made the aircraft a durable trainer capable of taking lots of abuse future Aces and washouts alike.

Though a World War II trainer, the Stearman easily conjures up the feeling of being a barnstormer or pilot in a traveling Flying Circus in flight. The rush of air over the planes open cockpits and the singing vibration of the engine and bracing wires in flight are a symphony for the aviation enthusiast!

The Stearman is a fantastic flight for first-timers and seasoned professionals alike. It's a real flight-back-in-time!

The N2S Stearman is available for the following flight packages: The Intro Flight, The Barnstormer, and The Ultimate Barnstormer.

To find out how YOU can fly the N2S Stearman, click here. Find out where we are offering flights aboard the Stearman this year at our schedule.

History of the Boeing N2S Stearman (PT-17)

Even though the US Army Air Corps needed a new biplane trainer in the mid-1930’s, it moved slowly to acquire one because of the service-wide lack of funding for new airplane purchases. In 1936, following the Navy’s lead the previous year, the Army tentatively bought 26 airframes from Boeing (the Model 75), which the Army named the PT-13. With war on the horizon, this trickle of acquisition soon turned into a torrent; 3519 were delivered in 1940 alone.


Built as a private venture by the Stearman Aircraft Company of Wichita (bought by Boeing in 1934), this two-seat biplane was of mixed construction. The wings were of wood with fabric covering while the fuselage had a tough, welded steel framework, also fabric covered. Either a Lycoming R-680 (PT-13) or Continental R-670 (PT-17) engine powered most models, at a top speed of 124 mph with a 505-mile range. An engine shortage in 1940-41 led to the installation of 225-hp Jacobs R-755 engines on some 150 airframes, and the new designation PT-18.


The US Navy's early aircraft, designated NS-1, eventually evolved into the N2S series, and the Royal Canadian Air Force called their Lend-Lease aircraft PT-27s. (The Canadians were also responsible for the moniker "Kaydet," a name eventually adopted by air forces around the globe).


The plane was easy to fly, and relatively forgiving of new pilots. It gained a reputation as a rugged airplane and a good teacher. Officially named the Boeing Model 75, the plane was (and still is) persistently known as the "Stearman" by many who flew them. It was called the "PT" by the Army, "N2S" by the Navy and "Kaydet" by Canadian forces. By whatever name, more than 10,000 were built by the end of 1945 and at least 1,000 are still flying today worldwide.

Aircraft Specifications

Specifications: Boeing N2S Stearman
One 220-horsepower Continental R-670-5 piston radial engine
Empty Weight:
1,936 lbs.
Max Takeoff Weight:
2,717 lbs.
Wing Span:
32ft. 2in.
24ft. 3in.
9ft. 2in.
Maximum Speed:
124 mph
11,200 ft.
505 miles

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