NAS GROSSE ILE

Stearman N2S Kaydet

Michael Meister owns a Stearman biplane (based in Indianapolis www.indystearmanflight.com) that was originally delivered from the Boeing factory in Wichita, KS to the US Navy at NAS Gross Ile on 27 September 1943.  Please see the attached history on my particular aircraft.  My Stearman was no doubt part of the 156 Stearmans that were based at NASGI during that time. It is worth noting that when my Stearman was restored in 1976 it was restored in US Army colors.  You can always recreate those magic years of flight at NASGI with a flight in this NASGI Stearman. Check out their website.

 

Engine Continental R-670-5
Horsepower 220
Crew 2
Max. speed 124
Range 505 miles
Ceiling 11,200 ft.
Length 25 ft.
Wing span 32 ft 2 in
Height 9 ft 2 in

 


This Navy version taken at Los Alamitos NAS in 1946 and furnished by Neil Johnson


This is a US Army version.

1933 was the year the Stearman Model 70 began life. It was an open cockpit, two place biplane designed to meet Navy and Army requirements of the 1930's. Production for the military started in 1936 with the Model 75 Kaydet and continued into 1944 when the last Kaydet was built. With the Army, it was the PT-13, 17, 18 and 27, the Navy's version was known as the N2S series. It was the greatest primary trainer of its time. There were over 10,300 of these aircraft built.

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