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Stearman RCAF
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When conceived in 1939 under his wing imaginary American company Boeing Stearman Aircraft Company in Wichita (Kansas), took over the manufacturing and launching of training biplanes model 75 coming from 1933. The original more than 2,000 machines PT-13 radial engine Continental 680, followed major production version of the PT-17 with better instrumentation, fitted with Continental Stearman 670. Total production for the period 1934-1945 totaled 8,428 machines.
Besides most of the supply needs for training air components of the US armed forces, the company also launched military production, among others. For Canadian Air Force (RCAF). Under this contract, the Lend-Lease (Lend-Lease) and was delivered from March to July 1942, 300 aircraft under the name Boeing-Stearman PT-27 "Kaydet". By entering the British Ministry of Aviation (Air Ministry) they have been applied serial numbers in the range FD968 - FD999, FJ741 - FJ999 and FK100 - FK108. Occurred primarily in three pilot schools operating on the territory of Canada as part of the transfer of the majority of school facilities outside the struggling British Isles. This plan, called the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan began to develop in practice of the 1941st
With a well-stocked materially air vehicles without a ticket system, should Canada since 1942 and introduce dozens of young MS. pilot pupils. Their elementary training after moving to Canada took place at the 31st Elementary Flying Training School, belonging to the RAF. Airport De Winton, Alberta lost the first 11 recruits to the course No. 60, which began 20. 7. 1942. A few days before they arrived and teacher P / O Josef Stehlik, otherwise active fighter pilot from the Battle of France and Britain. In late October, arriving from Britain experienced MS. cantors P / O Rudolf Winter, William Murcek, W / O Josef Flekal and Jan Mokrejš. In January 1943, they have acquired F / Lt. Karel Vildomec. The school had to use both machines equipped with cab DH.82C Tiger Moth, for advanced flying just serve American Stearman. EFTS took a course at the standard 12 weeks total flying to individuals accounted for 65 to 80 hours. In this configuration, the fleet, everything worked until April 1943 when both types at the 31st EFTS fully compensate the type Fairchild Cornell.
Machine numbers FJ934 form of state 31. EFTS from late 1942 to 1943 commemorates more than 70 years old chapter, although less obvious, yet important areas of functioning of MS. pilots during WW2 abroad.
Zdenek Hurt

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