Boeing PT-17 Kaydet

Pima Air and Space Museum Aircraft

Manufacturer
Boeing
Markings
United States Army Air Forces, 1941
Designation
PT-17
Registration
N48576
Serial Number
41-8882

Boeing PT-17 Kaydet

One of the most famous aircraft of World War II the PT-17 was developed as a private venture of the Stearman Aircraft Company. Development of the aircraft began in 1934 with the first Army order for the plane coming in 1936. Stearman was actually a division of the Boeing company and the aircraft was eventually sold under the Boeing name. Every pilot in the Army Air Force during World War II flew a PT-17 at some time during their training. Thousands of them were built for the American military and for export. A great many of these found their way into civilian hands at the close of the war. Civilian uses included; pilot training, aerial crop spraying, pleasure flying, and air show performances. The Stearman remains a popular aircraft at airshows today.

Specifications
Wingspan 32 ft 2 in
Length 24 ft
Height 9 ft 2 in
Weight 2,717 lbs (loaded)
Max. Speed 124 mph
Service Ceiling 11,200 ft
Range 505 miles
Engines 1 Continental R-670-5 radial, 220 hp
Crew 2