Pegasus Stearman PT-17 Yellow Peril
First Albuquerque Visit: 1976
The Stearman Model 75 is an American biplane formerly used as a military training aircraft. During the 1930s and 1940s over 10,600 aircraft were built in the United States. The Stearman Aircraft Corporation became a subsidiary of Boeing in 1934. The aircraft was widely known as the Stearman, Boeing Stearman, or the Kaydet and it served as a primary trainer for the United States Army Air Forces, the United States Navy, and the Royal Canadian Air Force as the Kaydet throughout World War II. On 6 June 1941, the U.S. government approved the civilian version of the Model 75. They were designated the PT-13 and the PT-17. The PT-17 version came with the Continental R-670-5 engine.
After World War II, thousands of surplus PT-17s were sold on the civilian market and they became popular as crop dusters, sports planes, and for aerobatic and wing walking use in air shows across the country. A popular approved modification to increase the maximum takeoff weight and climb performance included installing a larger Pratt & Whitney engine and a constant-speed propeller.
The Pegasus Flying Service operating at the Coronado Airport in Albuquerque, New Mexico, used a Stearman PT-17, NC-4408N, for towing gliders and advertisement banners. This aircraft was also used for charter flights and acrobatic flights in 1976.
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