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Boeing-Stearman Kaydet
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D-EDLL Boeing-Stearman A75N1 Kaydet c/n 75-2764 - QUAX - MLA airfield Dankern near Haren (Ems) in Germany - 31 July 2016 Flugplatz Haren-Dankern

The Boeing-Stearman Model 75 "Kaydet" two-seat biplane is a primary trainer. The Stearman Model 75 was evolved from the Stearman Model 6 or YPT-9 Cloudboy as a private venture by the Stearman Aircraft Company of Wichita. Model 73, the prototype of the Kaydet flew first on 26 November 1934. The Kaydet became a success: it was ordered by the U.S.Navy and the U.S.Army for use as a trainer. The Navy named the Boeing 75 the NS-1, later evolved into the N2S series. The Army aircraft was the PT-13, later evolved into the PT-17 and PT-18. The Kaydet variants were sold for military and civilian users outside the USA to countries like Canada and China. Boeing built 8584 Model 75 in all versions, plus the equivalent of 2000 more in spares. Lloyd C. Stearman founded the Stearman Aircraft Company in 1926. In 1929 Lloyd Stearman sold his company to the 'United Aircraft and Transport Corporation'. In September 1934 the group was split up and Boeing Air Transport, pulled out of this group and took the Stearman Aircraft Company with it as wholly owned subsidiary. The Boeing-Stearman Model 75 and its variants were manufactured by the Stearman Aircraft Company in Wichita, Kansas from 1934 through 1945. In 1938 the Stearman Aircraft Company became the Stearman Aircraft Division of the Boeing Aircraft Company. Generally, all the Stearman Kaydet airframes built are the same with the only major difference being the engine installed. Due to the Kaydet's solid construction and reliable low speed handling, after the war over 2000 airframes were converted for agricultural spraying.

Boeing-Stearman A75N1 Kaydet s/n 75-2764 was built in 1941. The bi-plane served with the U.S.A.A.F. as the PT-18 41-25275. After being withdrawn from use with the United States Army Air Forces the aircraft was registered N49948 in the USA. In 1965, the aircraft was imported in Canada and registered CF-UCB. In Canada, the aircraft was operated as spraying Stearman #41 for Glenair Aerial Spraying, Bright, Ontario. On 27 May 1966, the aircraft was involved in an incident at Taxis Airstrip, New Brunswick. In 1974, the International Registration Prefix 'CF-xxx' for aircraft registered in Canada was changed to 'C-xxxx'. On 27 May 1982, registration CF-UCB was cancelled. At that time the aircraft was owned by Bernadette Currie, Ontario. Presumably the same year the aircraft was restored to the register as C-FUCB. On 14 June 1987, registration C-FUCB was cancelled. At that time the aircraft was owned by Joerg Wiebe, Ontario. In February 1988, the aicraft was permitted to fly as D-EDLL in Germany. Stearman A75N1 D-EDLL is not often seen and in 2015, the Oerlinghausen based aircraft is offered for sale by Jörg Wiebe. On 31 July 2016, Stearman A75N1 D-EDLL is seen at Ultraleicht Flugplatz Dankern near Haren (Ems) during "25 Jahre Flugplatz Dankern". The Stearman A75N1 is painted in traditional USAAF trainer colors and has a small QUAX logo on the tail.

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