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1940 boeing stearman

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Vicky’s beautiful Stearman was manufactured IN TULSA OKLAHOMA in 1940 by the Boeing Aircraft Company for use as a military traine.  IT SERVED DURING WORLD WAR II AT AIR BASES IN MISSISSIPPI, GEORGIA, AND ALABAMA, WHERE HUNDREDS OF PILOTS LEARNED TO FLY IN IT. 

In February of 1946 after the war ended, this airplane WAS TRANSFERRED TO EAGLE FIELD IN DOS PALOS CALIFORNIA AND sold from the War Assets Administration for $770.

The airplane’s new owner fitted it with a 450HP Pratt & Whitney R985 engine and converted it to a crop duster where it was used for spraying operations in California’s Sacramento Valley until 1973 when it was disassembled and PUT INTO STORAGE.

In 1990, the airplane was taken out of storage and restored by Stadel Aircraft based in Yuba City California. It was converted back from a restricted category crop duster to a standard acrobatic category aircraft.  

purchased IN 1998 VICKY BASES the airplane at the Pine Mountain Lake Airport near Yosemite California.  SHE loves to fly the airplane at air showsIN AN AERIAL DISPLAY OF POWER AND grace IN THE SPIRIT OF EARLY BARNSTORMING. 

Except for the engine and a smoke system, Vicky’s Stearman remains as originally built 75 years ago.  THE AIRPLANE 
has two ailerons instead of four ailerons like most Stearman that are flown in airshows.  Hence it takes 2 hands on the stick and a lot of muscle for Vicky to roll it - and it rolls very sloWly.    

WITHOUT an inverted fuel system, VICKYS ENGINE engine WILL quit if SHE holds the airplane upside down.  Vicky has learned to keep positive g’s on her Stearman at all times, just as the WWII pilots would have done.  

Vicky considers herself lucky to be a steward of this timeless piece of history.