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 75.589 was built in 1941. The bi-plane served with the U.S.A.A.C. as the PT-18 40-2032.
After being withdrawn from use with the Army Air Corps the aircraft was registered N61304
and N65D in the USA. On 29 June 1988, registration N65D was cancelled as
exported to the UK. On 24 October 1988, the Boeing A75N1 was registered
G-BPEX in the UK with Derrek Gardner t/a Dega-applied Technology at
Coventry Aiport, Baginton. On 14 April 1989, registration G-BPEX was
cancelled as exported to France. On 16 August 1989, the Stearman was
registered F-AZGM in France with Laurent Mouillebouche, Le Cargadou, and
based at Figeac-Livernon in the region Midi Pyrenees. On 24 July 1989, the
Boeing-Stearman A75N1 Kaydet was seen at La Ferté Alais
aerodrome in France as F-AZGM with 'U.S. Air Mail No19' colors.