The Stearman began life as a basic flight trainer for the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1942, one of nearly 10,000 of its kind. More pilots have trained in the Stearman than in any other aircraft in history. In 1973 the aircraft was completely reconstructed. At this time the 220 horse power seven-cylinder engine was replaced with a nine-cylinder 450 horse power Pratt and Whitney Wasp Junior engine. It was also fitted with a fuel and oil system capable of sustained inverted flight, as well as a nine-foot propeller that is nearly supersonic throughout Gary’s air show performance.

 
                              

 

Engine: P&W R-985 Wasp, Jr.
Wingspan: 32.17 ft
Stall: 55kts
Max Altitude: Classified
Max Speed: Classified
Empty Weight: 2536 lbs
Gross Weight: Classified

50% Cruise Power: 110 kts
Horsepower: 450+
Length: 24.83 ft
Height: 9.33 ft
Range: 175 nm
Rate of Climb: Classified
Max Fuel: 46 Gallons