The majority of the Stearmans in the late-1940’s were dusters, sprayers and seeders that were the backbone of the agricultural fleet.
The majority of the Stearmans in the late-1940’s were dusters, sprayers and seeders that were the backbone of the agricultural fleet. A small industry developed to support these aircraft by providing dispersal equipment, powerplant and fuselage modification kits, and even re-designed “hi-lift” wings since Boeing was not in a position to supply them.
Most of the “dusters” were re-fitted with the 450 h.p. Pratt & Whitney R985 “Wasp Jr” engines, which were also readily available and cheap as war surplus. The Stearmans dominated the duster fleet for over two decades until they were finally replaced by new designed-for-the-purpose ag planes.
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Group rates are available. We'll fly at an altitude of 800-1200' AGL with a course along the Colorado River, Rattlesnake Arches, and the Colorado National Monument.
Offering scenic flights in our newly restored WWII era 1942 Boeing Stearman aircraft throughout most months of the year. Vintage Aviation can make dreams come true.
The Boeing Stearman Model 75 "Kaydet" occupies a unique place in American aviation history. One of the best-known American biplanes and presently the most numerous, the "Stearman" has had four separate and distinct major careers over a span of 60+ years and the end is still not in sight.