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I actually have 2; the PT-17 and the PT-19. I checked out in the Stearman when I had only 15 hours total time. The logbook says it took 45 minutes!! Back at the beginning of my logbook, I was introduced to spins at 2 (two) HOURS!! THE GUY MUST HAVE BEEN NUTS!! i WOULD NEVER HAVE DONE THAT TO A STUDENT! But I was just a kid of 17 and what did I know! I just thought that was what you did! The PT-19 is one of the best wheel landing planes I ever flew, and I've flown a lot over the last 67 years! Lee
Hey Layne, I just tried to send a somewhat lon-winded note to you by return, forgetting these are no-return msgs!! What is your email? Mine is email@example.com, so send me yours and I'll send the "epistol"?? Lee
Lee, this topic is only listing 8 comments according to the list at the right (BLOG POSTS). Do you have other comments on this topic or do you just mean comments generally? Not that I have a clue how to navigate around in here, but your question sparked my curiosity. :D
How do we get to the rest of the comments? I had one or more in there! Lee Robinson W. Palm Beach
IMO it is the PT-17 Stearman. I got to fly one of the Planes of Fame Stearmans at Flying Cloud airport back in the mid 1990's and that hooked me. I now have the privilege of owning a 1941 PT-17 that I restored to better than new condition in 2006 and really enjoy flying and sharing it with others.
The Waco is by far my favorite looking biplane, but for just plane cool looking it's hard to beat the Boeing P-26 Peashooter! I think the Peashooter is just plane sexy for an open cockpit plane. I understand there is one in Chino California at their air museum.
a good open cockpit is on a gruman ag cat, with lots of power. it realy can fly.
Stearman. When taken for a ride in a beautifully restored on, and given the controls. I was hooked.
A Ryan STW
Best looking open cockpit airplane is the Hawker Hart/Demon/Osprey (basically the same airplane). Big inline Rolls-Royce Kestrel, all polished aluminum and bright aluminum dope on the fabric.
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