Your pilot, Randy Miller (right, shown with his parents, Gerry & Charlene Miller), started Vintage Aviation to share the exhilaration and thrill of flight in a vintage 1940's era open-cockpit, radial engine biplane. In just a few minutes, you can re-live the experience of flying in the "Golden Era" of aviation.
Randy has been flying these type of vintage, tail wheel type of aircraft literally most of his life. His father, Gerry, taught him to fly in the family's 1946 Aeronca 7AC Champion when he was just 14 years old. Randy soloed at 16 years of age, received his Private Pilot Certificate at 17 and his Commercial Rating at 24 years of age. In addition to flying these wonderful aircraft, Randy assists his father in restoring these vintage aircraft at his father's hangar located at the Mack Mesa Airport (C07) in Mack, CO.
In addition to piloting his 1942 Stearman, Randy is also qualified in the following vintage aircraft: 1946 Aeronca 7AC Champion, 1946 Taylorcraft BC12-D, 1946 Luscombe 8A, 1941 Waco ZPF-7 and UPF-7 and a 1940 Naval Aircraft Factory N3N-3.
You will be flying in Randy's 1942 E-75 Boeing Stearman modified with a Pratt & Whitney R985-AN1 engine (450 h.p.) [Serial Number: 75-5154; Registration: N5000V]. This particular aircraft was manufactured in June 1942 and delivered to the Army Air Force (AAF) as a PT-13D with a Lycoming R680-17 radial engine (225 h.p.)
Name: Randall Davis Miller
FAA Certificate# 2928751
Ratings: Commercial Pilot
Total Time: 3150+ Hours
TT Tail Wheel: 2950+ Hours
Years Flying: 29
Medical: First Class
Everything in life has risks. Quite simply, your biggest risk will be just getting in the car and driving to the airport! Safety is the only thing that takes priority over having fun. We give hundreds of flights each year and your pilot is an FAA-Certified Commercial pilot with literally thousands of hours of experience in these types of vintage, tail wheel aircraft. We maintain a perfect flying safety record and our aircraft is maintained to the highest FAA maintenance standards.
Our aircraft has been completely restored by Gerry & Randy Miller of Aircraft Mechanics Ltd., which means that every component has been inspected and/or overhauled or replaced with new. It is essentially a new aircraft.
Gerry Miller has been an A&P (Airframe & Powerplant) and IA (Inspection Authorization) FAA-Licensed mechanic since 1951 and has been involved with antique/classic aircraft restoration the entire time. Gerry has restored over 20+ vintage aircraft in his career and is highly sought after for his skill and technical expertise in the field of aircraft restoration.
History of Our Stearman:
Our flight aircraft is a Boeing Model 75 E75 Stearman manufactured in Wichita, KS in 1942 with s/n 75-5154. It entered service in the Army Air Corps as a model PT13-D and served time in both Southern California and Memphis, TN before being sent to Hill Air Force Base in Ogden, UT for surplus 1n 1949.
In late 1949 it was sold to the Airplane Vapor Spray Company of Visalia, CA where it was converted to a combination duster/sprayer aircraft and modified with the Pratt & Whitney R985-AN1 engine of 450 h.p. From 1950 until 1979 our Stearman was relegated to the harsh life of a crop duster in the Bakersfield, Visalia and Tulare area of California.
In 1980 it was retired from its crop dusting career and converted back into a two-place aircraft. Throughout the 1980’s and early 1990’s it spent its days in Visalia, CA leisurely flying around and enjoying its retirement from the “agricultural lifestyle” but never really found its home until it was sold to Randy in 1999.
N5000V was put down for complete restoration in August 2005 after serving Randy faithfully the last 4 years flying rides in the Grand Junction area. The aircraft has undergone a complete ground-up restoration which essentially replaced every nut, bolt, washer, flight control cable etc. throughout the entire aircraft. In addition, we overhauled the engine and propeller to “0” time status along with new fabric on all flight surfaces, new paint, new avionics and an awesome smoke system. It is one of the finest Boeing Stearmans flying in the world today.
1942 Boeing E75 Stearman (N5000V)
Engine: Pratt & Whitney R985-AN1 Wasp Jr. 450 h.p .
Fuel Capacity: 46 US Gallons
Fuel Consumption: 21 gallons/hour
Endurance: 1.4 hours
Range: 200 Statute Miles
Oil Capacity: 6 US Gallons
Empty Weight: 2500 lbs.
Gross Weight: 3200 lbs.
Landing Speed: 50 MPH
Cruise Speed: 120 MPH @ 2000 RPM and 25” MP
Max Speed: 186 MPH
8585 Total Aircraft Produced 1941-1945
1900 Still Active in United States
Cost: $5,930.00 in 1942 USD