Boeing Stearman 75, N56938
This Boeing Stearman Model 75 was built in 1941 at the Stearman factory in Wichita acquired by Boeing.
This ‘US Navy N2S-3’ version is equipped with a 220 hp Continental W-670 engine.
It was delivered to the Canadian air forces under the registration FJ 804. Once the aircraft was demobilised, it was sold to the United States, which reformed it in stride in 1946. It was bought in 1947, and then became a crop duster aircraft.
It received a more powerful engine, modified wings and a crop-dusting system with a tank mounted in the front seat. After having served in several aerial work companies, it was acquired by Peter Metz in 1985, who undertook to restore it to its original configuration, but sold it in 1993 before finishing. The current owners purchased it in 2016, in Carfree, Arizona.
After a ground up restoration, it again received a Continental W-670 220 hp engine, and a historic American Coast Guard livery, consistent with this N2S-3 version.
The aircraft received the Saint Exupéry Cup of the Grand Prix du Patrimoine from the Aéroclub de France in 2020 for the quality of its restoration.
Operator: Chartres Classic Airplane Pilot: Frédéric Sutter Manufacturing date: 1941 Serial number: 75-3854 Livery: US Coast Guards