Stearman


Say hello to the latest family member at Andover Flight Academy. It's a Boeing Stearman, a 1940's-era biplane, the military trainer of the day. And soon this one will be available for joy rides, aerobatics and taildragger instruction, and generally spreading its sweet radial engine song across the valley around Andover Aeroflex Airport (12N). The thing is, it's got no wings at the moment. But that didn't stop my friend John and the gang over at Andover from pulling the plane out of the hangar and attempting to fire up the engine for the first time since the school took ownership of this project last fall. And airplane nuts will congregate -- with cameras, no less -- at the thought…

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