Boeing/Hughes Super Stearman – N121R (N5051V)
This Super Stearman evolved from the hands and mind of Joe Hughes who wanted something even better than the standard 450 hp airshow Stearman, especially for movie work. The first Super Stearman, N21R, was built up and gradually refined by a host of engineering changes to meet the parameters set by Joe. Once all the bugs were worked out, the decision was made to build a second Super Stearman from the ground up using the information gained from the first aircraft.
Beginning with a “new” Stearman airframe, work started on the second aircraft in January of 1977. Many people, too numerous to mention, participated in building of this plane with all its special refinements. Surprisingly, the basic Stearman airframe is close to stock, which says a great deal about the strength of the WW II trainer. The completed Super Stearman (N5051V) was rolled out on May 6, 1977, just four months after work started.
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