Post by Dave Homewood on Nov 26, 2009 22:17:05 GMT 12
I have always thought the Stearman trainer was a neat biplane, and have enjoyed seeing a few of them around NZ over the years. But my interest them has now been peaked as I realise that many New Zealanders actually trained in Stearman variants in the USA in WWII, as part of the Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm.
I am amazed to see there are now 7 of these aircraft now on the New Zealand register, and so I wondered, does ayone have photos of all seven?
And do any of them wear colour schemes that represent the US Navy examples that the kiwi Fleet Air Arm pilots might have trained on? Have any NZ owners sort out colours and markings with a specific kiwi connection?
I think the blue and yellow schemes were pre-war and used during the early war years. I have seen all-yellow Stearmans too, was this a service preference? The USN and US Army both used the Stearman. I do know that the star insignia had the red centres removed in 1942, about the time that British and Allied aeroplanes in the Far East had their red roundels removed.
Last Edit: Nov 28, 2009 9:47:30 GMT 12 by flyjoe180
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