Hobby Master HA8106 USAAF North American P-51D Mustang Fighter - Robert Williams, "Duchess Arlene," 100th Fighter Squadron, 332nd Fighter Group, "Tuskegee Airmen", Italy, 1944 (1:48 Scale)
"Here we come, fellas."
- Characteristic cry of members of the 332nd Fighter Group, the "Tuskegee Airmen"
The Stearman (Boeing) Model 75 is a biplane used as a military trainer aircraft, of which at least 9,783 were built in the United States during the 1930s and 1940s. Stearman Aircraft became a subsidiary of Boeing in 1934. Widely known as the Stearman, Boeing Stearman or Kaydet, it served as a primary trainer for the USAAF, as a basic trainer for the USN (as the NS & N2S), and with the RCAF as the Kaydet throughout World War II. After the conflict was over, thousands of surplus aircraft were sold on the civil market. In the immediate post-war years they became popular as crop dusters and as sports planes.
The Kaydet was a conventional biplane of rugged construction with large, fixed tailwheel undercarriage, and accommodation for the student and instructor in open cockpits in tandem. The radial engine was usually uncowled, although some Stearman operators choose to cowl the engine, most notably the Red Baron Stearman Squadron.
Pictured here is a 1:48 scale replica of a USAAC Boeing Stearman PT-13D Bi-Plane Trainer that was deployed to Moton Field, Alabama, and used by the Tuskegee Airmen during 1944. Sold Out!
Wingspan: 8 inches
Length: 5.75 inches
Release Date: October 2012
Historical Account: "Surplus Inventory" - After World War II, thousands of PT (primary trainer)-17 Stearmans were auctioned off to civilians and former pilots. Many were modified for cropdusting use, with a hopper for pesticide or fertilizer fitted in place of the front cockpit. Additional equipment included pumps, spray bars, and nozzles mounted below the lower wings. A popular approved modification to increase the maximum takeoff weight and climb performance involved fitting a larger Pratt & Whitney R-985 engine and a constant speed propeller.