PT-17 Kaydet

Serial Number: Unknown


In 1933, Stearman Aircraft began production of the Kaydet and it didn’t end until 1945, after some 10,000 had been produced in a variety of forms. Still in use today, usually as crop dusters or week-end pleasure craft, the Kaydet was a rugged 2-seat Primary trainer for the military. It was the first plane student pilots flew solo during their 60 hours of primary instruction.

The PT-17 biplane trainer donated by Al Johnson, a local aerial sprayer, was restored using pieces from several aircraft and hand fabricated replica parts.


  • Manufacturer: Stearman Aircraft
  • First Flight: 1934
  • Retired: 1947
  • Crew: Student, instructor
  • Payload: -
  • Length: 24 ft 9 in
  • Wingspan: 32 ft 2 in
  • Height: 9 ft 8 in
  • Empty Weight: 1,931 lbs
  • Loaded Weight: 2,635 lbs
  • Powerplant: 1x Continental R-670-5 radial
  • Maximum Speed: 135 mph
  • Cruise Speed: 96 mph
  • Range: 505 mi
  • Service Ceiling: 11,200 ft

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