This two-seater biplane has been developed by Stearman Aircraft Company in 1933. Although it said to be technically outdated already back then, the US Army and US Navy was looking for a new standard trainer aircraft and ordered this simple but robust biplane. Till the end of the Second World War, 10’346 Stearmans has been manufactured by Boeing. At that time, almost every American pilot completed his basic training on this aircraft. After the war, many retired Stearman planes have been used as agricultural aircraft. In this way, around 2’000 exemplars survived till 60’s.
This HB-RBG has been delivered by Boeing to the Argentine Marines (type 76D) and served there for 20 years as a combat trainer. After its time as a tow plane, the aircraft first flew in Switzerland in 1989 and became a symbol of the Aviation Museum Altenrhein where the plane is located since 1991.
Mode S XPNDR FLARM
U.S. Navy livery (N2S-5)
450 HP engine
2 new parachutes