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1941 Boeing A75N1/PT-17 "Stearman"

1941 Stearman Although the Boeing Model 75 is most commonly called the "Stearman," it has had many names. The U.S. Army Air Corps designation for the A75N1 is "PT-17." The Navy designation is "N2S." The Canadian military designation is "Kaydet." Originally designed as trainers, the outbreak of WWII accelerated demand for these two-seat biplanes, which also served as barnstormers and crop dusters. Stearmans were flown at College Park Airport during the Brinckerhoff years (1927-1964) at the air races and as stunt planes. The Stearman hanging in the museum's gallery, however, has made an extra contribution to the history of aviation.

In April 2000, Gus McLeod flew this Stearman N8NP in the first open-cockpit flight over the North Pole. McLeod took off from Montgomery Air Park in Gaithersburg, MD, on his 13-day record-setting journey, circled the North Pole on April 17, but was then forced to abandon his plane on an ice floe after mechanical troubles prevented him from completing the journey home. A month later, he returned to find that N8NP had drifted about 80 miles from where he had left it. With a new battery, McLeod and the airplane made it as far as Alert, Nunavut, Canada before the weather prohibited further flight. With help from the National Air and Space Museum, New York Air National Guard, U.S. Air Force, and U.S. Navy, N8NP was finally brought back to Maryland, and then to College Park Airport. Gus McLeod donated the historic Stearman to the College Park Aviation Museum after its last flight before crowds at the 2000 College Park Air Fair.

Span:
32 feet, 2 inches
Length:
24 feet, 10 inches
Original power plant:
220 hp Continental R-670
Empty Weight:
1,936 lbs
Gross Weight:
2,717 lbs
Maximum Speed:
124 mph
Range:
505 miles
Note: according to Jane's; PT-17 specifications vary from source to source