vie magazine subscribe button

N2S-4 No. 55708

By Bill Weckel | Photography by Michael Belk

The Boeing-Stearman Model 75 Kaydet, known in military parlance as the PT-17 or N2S-4, was the primary flight trainer of both the U.S. Army Air Corps and the U.S. Navy. This strong and maneuverable aircraft, capable of aerobatics, was for many World War II pilots their first exposure to the world of flight. The aircraft was forgiving enough to allow a student to solo after only eight hours of stick time yet presented enough of a challenge to “separate the men from the boys.” The Kaydets were critical to the Allied war effort, and by V-J Day more than eight thousand of them had rolled off of Boeing’s assembly lines.

vie magazine boeing stearman model 75 kaydet military flight aerobatics plane vie magazine boeing stearman model 75 kaydet military flight aerobatics plane vie magazine boeing stearman model 75 kaydet military flight aerobatics plane
vie magazine boeing stearman model 75 kaydet military flight aerobatics plane
Photo of three Boeing-Stearman N2S-4 biplanes taken in 1936 at NAS Pensacola during training of the first class of the Naval Aviation Cadet program. Photo by U.S. Navy
 
vie magazine boeing stearman model 75 kaydet military flight aerobatics plane
Pilot/Owner Roy Kinsey in the front seat of his vintage Stearman. Photo by Troy Ruprecht
 

The aircraft appearing in this issue of VIE – People + Places is Bureau of Aeronautics number 55708. This beautifully restored aircraft is owned and piloted by Pensacola attorney Roy Kinsey, Jr., and now wears the markings of a U.S. Navy training aircraft circa 1943. Produced at Boeing’s Wichita, Kansas, plant in July of 1943, she served as a trainer throughout the duration of the war. In August of 1945, she was stricken from Navy records and sold as surplus for $523.05. Many of these surplus Stearmans soldiered on through the postwar years as crop dusters, eventually being replaced by purpose-built aircraft. Number 55708 was meticulously restored to her original military configuration by master aircraft mechanic Allen Thompson of Senoia, Georgia. She now calls the Emerald Coast her home and is a proud reminder of our area’s rich naval aviation heritage.

— V —

vie magazine boeing stearman model 75 kaydet military flight aerobatics plane vie magazine boeing stearman model 75 kaydet military flight aerobatics plane vie magazine boeing stearman model 75 kaydet military flight aerobatics plane


Read Responsibly

VIE Magazine - October 2017 Home & Garden Issue
VIE Magazine | September 2017 | The Stories and Storytellers Issue
VIE Magazine - The Adventure Issue - August 2017
VIE Magazine - July 2017 - Art & Artist Issue
VIE Magazine - The Voyager Issue - June 2017
VIE magazine 2017 March-April Cover South Walton Fashion Week
VIE Magazine - January/February 2017 - The Health & Beauty Issue
VIE Magazine - Nov/Dec 2016 The Sophisticate Issue
christian siriano vie magazine september october 2016 vie magazine
the modern minimalist issue
Summertime!
the culinary and couture issue march april 2016 vie magazine
the voyager issue alys beach vie magazine january february 2016
cultural issue vie magazine november december 2015
home and garden issue vie magazine september october 2015
the art and style issue vie magazine july august 2015
the wedding issue 2015 May June vie magazine
the food and fashion issue vie magazine march april 2015
the travel issue vie magazine january february 2015
the music issue vie magazine 2014 november december
The Animal Issue vie magazine september october 2014
the home and garden issue vie magazine july august 2014
the wedding issue vie magazine may june 2014
emeril lagasse food and fashion vie magazine
the men's issue january february 2014
the music issue november december 2013 vie magazine
the home and garden issue 2013 october september
the wedding issue vie magazine july august 2013
the artist issue may june 2013 vie magazine
the food and fashion issue march april 2013
the men's issue january february 2013 vie magazine
The Holiday Issue
the love issue july august 2012
the all american summer may june 2012
the entertainment issue march april 2012
the fashion issue vie magazine winter 2011
the home and garden issue vie magazine fall 2011
the anniversary edition vie magazine summer 2011
the wedding issue vie magazine spring 2011
vie magazine the holiday issue 2010 Dec
vintage swimsuits vie magazine 2010 Fall
judith march designer vie magazine summer 2010
wedding giveaway vie magazine spring 2010
holiday gift guide vie magazine winter 2009
emarketing explosion vie magazine fall 2009
tribute to mother's day vie magazine summer 2009
james and robert redford vie magazine spring 2009
zz top vie magazine fall winter 2008
project dreams vie magazine new york fashion week
Sign-up for VIEmail

Sign up for VIEmail

X

A LIFESTYLE