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The Stearman (Boeing) Model 75 is a biplane formerly used as a military trainer aircraft, of which at least 10,626 were built in the United States during the 1930s and 1940s. Stearman Aircraft became a subsidiary of Boeing in 1934. Widely known as the Stearman, Boeing Stearman or Kaydet, it served as a primary trainer for the United States Army Air Forces, the United States Navy (as the NS and N2S), and with the Royal Canadian Air Force as the Kaydet throughout World War II. After the conflict was over, thousands of surplus aircraft were sold on the civilian market. In the immediate postwar years they became popular as crop dusters, sports planes, and for aerobatic and wing walking use in air shows.
Our Stearman was built in 1941, and is unique, in that it has an engine that offers double the horsepower compared to the original. It was previously owned by Baron “The Flying Innkeeper” Hilton. Upon his passing, the Hilton family donated it to the museum to ensure the plane would continue to be flown and maintained. The Stearman is one of our flagship warbirds, being our most popular seller of warbird rides!