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Boeing-Stearman Kaydet
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N9912H Boeing-Stearman B75N-1 c/n 75-7213 - 'Old Crow' - Hoogeveen airfield in Holland - 17 August 2004 Hoogeveen airfield (EHHO)

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.
The ICAO Aircraft Type Designator for the Boeing-Stearman B75N-1 Kaydet is ST75.

Boeing-Stearman B75N-1 s/n 75-7213 was built in 1942 as a Boeing-Stearman N2S-3 Kaydet. The aircraft served with the U.S. Navy with serial 07609. After being withdrawn from use with the U.S. Navy, the aeroplane was registered N9912H as Boeing-Stearman Model B75N-1. In 1947, the biplane was converted for agricultural spraying by Aerial Blight Control in West Bend, Wisconsin. In 1979, the Stearman was rebuilt to the two-seat configuration and was painted in the 'Old Crow' colors. In 1990, the 'Old Crow' was sold in the Netherlands and is based in the Netherlands since 1991. In 2006, the Boeing N2S-3 Stearman 'Old Crow' N9912H owned by The Storyteller went through a grand revision. The airframe, wings and all individual parts have been revised at Antwerp Airport. Since some modifications and enhancements were made. During 2006, the original radial engine was replaced by a brandnew Jacobs R755B2M. On 10 February 2008, the plane made it's maiden flight after the revision.

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Copyright Jack Wolbrink, Emmen, the Netherlands

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