Boeing Stearman PT-17 Kaydet


Boeing Stearman PT-17 Kaydet

The model

Brand: Pavla Models
Title: Stearman PT-13/-17 Kaydet
Number: 72042
Scale: 1:72
Released: 2003 | Initial release – new tool
Type: Full kit

The real plane

Manfacterer Boeing
Model Stearman PT-17 Kaydet
Type Two seat primary trainer
Upper wingspan 9,80 m
Length 7,62 m
Wing area 27,60 m2
Weights max. takoff 1.195 kgs
Max. airspeed 200 km/h
Ceiling 3.500 m
Range 812 km

In January 1953 the IAF formed the flight academy’s fleet of Stearmans into a reserve liaison and surveillance unit, to be activated in times of emergency. Seconded to 100 Squadron, the unit was initially designated 1000 Squadron, but was redesignated 147 Squadron on January 1, 1955. It was activated on October 27, 1956, for the Suez Crisis. Commanded by Captain Meir Shefer, the unit had 25 serviceable aircraft but only 12 pilots, consisting of both reserves and qualified students and including Rina Levinson, one of a handful of female pilots serving with the IAF. 147 Squadron flew 401 sorties during the war, clocking 233 hours. Flying from Ramla, next to IAF headquarters, the squadron flew communications, liaison, transport, patrol and reconnaissance missions, operating during both day and night. Once the fighting was over, the aircraft reverted to their original training role and the squadron was deactivated.

At this moment there are two remaining airworthy Spearman’s in Israel.