Ask the 60,000 men who learned to fly during WWII in what plane they were taught. The answer will probably be Stearman or Yellow Peril, more than 10,000 of which were built.

Although its basic design dates from 1930, it was the leading American primary trainer of WWII. After the war this rugged airplane was used as a crop duster, aerobatic performer and sport plane. Many Stearmans are still flying.

Specifications: Span 32 ft. 2 in., length 25 ft., takeoff weight 2685 lbs., engine 220 hp.

Continental R-670 seven-cylinder air-cooled radial; maximum speed 124 mph.

Accession no. 1985G43

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