September 2017 Meeting Photos
On Thursday, 14 September, we held our monthly meeting at the Dobson's Restaurant, Dobson Ranch Golf Course, in Mesa, Arizona.  Our speaker was Flight 82 member, Major Kurt Gearhart, who briefed us about flying a Stearman Biplane -- he's part owner of a Navy version, model N2S-4, that was fully restored in 2013.  Kurt covered the history and development of the aircraft, his experiences learning to fly the plane, and some of the fun things the "Stearman Guys" do here in the Valley.  He finished with an amazing video show of his and other Stearmans flying in the local area.  Our members thoroughly enjoyed Kurt's exceptional presentation!  Click for more on the Boeing-Stearman Aircraft.

Our members enjoyed Kurt Gearhart's briefing.

Kurt discussed the many models of the Stearman.

Flight Capt Gerry Homewood thanked Kurt for his talk.

Speaker Gearhart's Boeing Stearman Model 75.

Kurt with his Boeing Stearman Model 75.

The Boeing Stearman Model 75 is a biplane used as a military trainer aircraft, of which at least 10,626 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 United States Army Air Forces, the United States Navy (as the NS & N2S), and with the Royal Canadian Air Force as the Kaydet throughout World War II. After the conflict was over, thousands of surplus aircraft were sold on the civilian market. In the immediate postwar years they became popular as crop dusters, sports planes, and for aerobatic and wing walking use in air shows.  Click here for more information(Note: Kurt's Stearman is the Navy version, a Model N2S-4.)

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