The Boeing Stearman PT-17, Model 75, is a single-engine biplane, of which almost 9,800 were built in the
This Stearman, along with almost a hundred other aircraft, are on display for three days as part of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association Aviation Summit being held at the Tampa Convention Center. The planes are part of the AOPA AirportFest at Peter O. Knight Airport at the end of Davis Islands.
When World war II began, my dad, who went on to career in the U.S. Air Force, was a cadet in the Class of 1944 at the Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina. Not long after the outbreak of the war, he joined his fellow cadets in leaving school -as an entire college class - to join the nation’s military. He opted to fly and received his pilot's training in a Stearman PT-17. From training in the single-engine biplane in dusty
As an Air Force brat, I have always had a very special place in my heart for the Stearman, my dad’s first plane.