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Boeing PT-17 Stearman 4X-ACH/31, Israeli Air Force
General Background
The Stearman Aircraft Company produced a bi-plane trainer-aircraft called the Model 70. In 1935 the USN ordered the Model 70 with a Wright J-5 Whirlwind engine designated the NS-1. Boeing Aircraft Company bought Stearman and gave the Model 70 a Lycoming R-680-5 radial engine making it a Model 75. In 1936 the U.S. Army Air Corps placed an order for the Model 75 and designated it PT-13. With a Continental R-670-5 engine it became the PT-17. The RCAF labeled it PT-27 Kaydet with Kaydet becoming the universally accepted name.
The Aircraft
Starting in February 1949 the Israeli Air Force purchased 60 former U.S. Army PT-17s to be their primary trainer before moving on to the more advanced Harvard. Pilot training required 60 hours in the PT-17 before moving on to the Harvard. The PT-17 was used until it was replaced in late 1956 by the Piper Super Cub. The #31 4X-ACH is kept at the Israeli Air Force Museum at the Hatzerim Air Force Base and is flown on some holidays, air shows and IAF pilot academy graduations.
Specifications :
Crew: 2 x Student Pilot and Instructor
PT-17 Produced: 3,500 +
Number of all variants produced: 10,000 +
Performance 1 x Continental R-670-5 7 cylinder radial engine producing 220 hp
Maximum Speed: 124 mph
Climb Rate: 840 ft/min
Service Ceiling: 11,200 ft
Range: 505 miles
Length: 24 ft 3 in
Wingspan: 32 ft 2 in
Height: 9 ft 2 in
Empty: 1,936 lbs
Maxium Takeoff: 2,717 lbs