Hobby Master HA8108 – 1/48 Scale PT-17 Stearman “Kaydet” Diecast Model
Hobby Master HA8108 diecast model replicates in 1/48 scale the Boeing PT-17 Stearman “Kaydet” of the 4 BFTS (British Flight Training School), stationed at Falcon Field, Mesa, Arizona, USA, during the early 1940s.
Hobby Master 1/48 scale Stearman (Boeing ) PT-17 “Kaydet” diecast model details
|Length||15.7 cm||7.20 in||Approx|
|Wingspan||20.4 cm||9.52 in||Approx|
Diecast model features include:
- Constructed with metal and plastic components
- Display stand included.
British Flying Training Schools
With the outbreak of World War II, Great Britain needed a large number of trained pilots and aircrews. The possibility of an enemy attack in addition to the increased military air traffic and unpredictable weather made the UK unsuitable for training the required number of aircrews. In response, the British Government established the Empire Air Training Scheme (EATS) with Canada, Australia and New Zealand and the Joint Air Training Scheme with South Africa.
Formed in the United States of America were the British Flying Training Schools (BFTS). There were seven schools opened under this scheme.
These were the:
- 1 BFTS Terrell, Texas. 9 June 1941
- 2 BFTS Lancaster, California. 9 June 1941
- 3 BFTS Miami Oklahoma 16 June 1941
- 4 BFTS Mesa, Arizona. 16 June 1941
- 5 BFTS Clewiston, Florida. 17 July 1941
- 6 BFTS Ponca City, Oklahoma. 23 August 1941
- 7 BFTS Sweetwater, Texas. May 1942 until August 1942.
Stearman (Boeing) Model 75
The Stearman (Boeing) Model 75 “Kaydet” is an American single-engine biplane military primary trainer. Developed from the Model 70, that first flew on January 1, 1934, the Model 75 entered service with the United States Army Air Forces later that year. The last of the type manufactured rolled off the production line on February 16, 1945. The Stearman Aircraft Co became the Stearman Aircraft Division of Boeing during 1934 with the majority of the aircraft designated as Boeings.
It served with the United States Army Air Forces, the United States Navy, and the Royal Canadian Air Force throughout World War II. In USAAF service the Kaydet received one of three designations depending on the radial engine fitted. The original version powered with the Lycoming R–680 received the designation PT-13. The PT-17, the most popular, used the Continental R–670 and the PT-18, the Jacobs R–775. The Navy’s designated these aircraft N2S-1 to N2S-5 based on the engine used.
Postwar thousands of surplus aircraft entered the civilian market, prevalent as crop dusters or sports planes. A considerable number of Stearmans remain flying today.
Stearman (Boeing) PT-17 “Kaydet” Specifications
- Crew: two, pilot and student
- Length: 7.54 m (24 ft 9 in)
- Wingspan: 9.81 m (32 ft 2 in)
- Height: 3 m (9 ft 8 in)
- Empty weight: 878 kg (1,931 lb)
- Powerplant: single Continental R-670-5 air-cooled radial engine.
- Guns: six 0.50 in (12.7 mm) AN/M2 Browning machine guns.
- Maximum speed: 217 km/h (135 mph), Mach 0.177
- Cruise speed: 155 km/h (96 mph), Mach 0.126
- MTOW: 1,200 kg (2,635 lb)
- Range: 1,337 km (830 mi)
- Service ceiling: 4,024 m (113,200 ft).