Stearman PT-13 (PT-17, PT-18, PT-27) "Kaydet"

Photo of PT-13 at USAF Museum

The PT-13 was typical of the biplane primary trainer used during the late 1930s and WW II. Whereas it was powered by a Lycoming engine, the same airplane with a Continental engine was designated the PT-17, and with a Jacobs engine, the PT-18. A later version which featured a cockpit canopy was designated the PT-27 (see picture below).

Of 10,346 Kaydets ordered for the U.S. and its Allies, 2,141 were PT-13s for the AAF. Following WW II, the Kaydet was phased out in favor of more modern trainers.

The PT-13D shown above (and on display at the USAF Museum), was donated in 1959 by the Boeing Airplane Company (which purchased the Stearman Company in 1938), and was the last Kaydet produced.


Span: 32 ft. 2 in.
Length: 24 ft. 10 in.
Height: 9 ft. 2 in.
Weight: 2,717 lbs. loaded
Armament: None
Engine: Lycoming R-680 of 220 hp
Cost: $11,000



Maximum speed: 125 mph.
Cruising speed: 104 mph.
Range: 450 miles
Service Ceiling: 14,000 ft.