Flying a Boeing A75 Stearman Vintage Bi-plane is one of the highlights of the year.
If you wish to feel the joy of open cockpit flying in an ex US Army vintage PT13A Stearman click on the link www.vintagebiplaneflights.co.uk and then contact Bodmin Airfield on 01208 821419 where you can register your name and contact details and we will let you know what dates are available for you to enjoy this very special event.
This particular aircraft saw service with several USAAF flying schools between 1937 and 1945.
Feel the wind in your hair as you fly at 2000 feet above the beautiful Cornish countryside and view the coast and the magic of Cornwall through the wing struts. Enjoy your flight with an experienced instructor of this rare PT13 wartime training aircraft and make memories for a life time.
Prices (subject to change):
Time quoted is actual flight time…
20 mins £220
30 mins £300
40 mins £400
60 mins £500
Boeing A75 Stearman
This aircraft was one of only 92 PT13A’s constructed and the 45th example of
over 10,600 aircraft produced.
Pre-war and wartime history.
• October 1937. Delivered from Boeing’s Wichita Plant and assigned to D
Flight, 2332nd Base Unit Randolph Field, Texas, and given ID 466
• January 1938, involved in a mid-air collision on take-off with a sister
aircraft. Pilot of 466, Cadet Glen Cronkite, fatally injured.
Following repairs at San Antonio, 466 returned to service at Randolph
• August 1939. Assigned to Contract Pilot School (CPS) Curtis Reynolds
• March 1941. Assigned to Spartan School of Aeronautics, Muskogee,
• 21st May 1941. Assigned to CPS, 3051st Base Unit, Hemet Field,
• 25th October 1941 Assigned to the C.P.S. Visalia-Dinuba School of
Aeronautics, 3051st Base Unit, Sequoia Field, California
• 28th March 1942. Assigned to CPS at Hancock Field, California
• 2nd February 1943. Cadet Joseph E Mellen undershot the runway at
Auxiliary Airfield Souza and hit a boundary Fence, damaging both lower
wings. He subsequently carried out two further circuits before landing to
inspect the damage. Repairs completed at Cal-Aero Field, Chino,
• 13th July 1943. Walter Allen Field, PT13B 40-1608, operated by civilian
instructor Fred Tattoom, taxied into 466 causing significant damage.
Transferred back to Cal Aero Academy for repairs.
• 18th August 1943. Returned to Hemet Field, California.
• Early December 1944. Assigned to Army Air Force Base Napier Field,
• 18th December 1944. Nosed over on landing to avoid a collision. Pilot 2nd
Lt George D Brannon uninjured.
• 6th July 1945. Assigned to Georgia Aero Tech C.P.S., Bush Field, Augusta,
• 10th July 1945. Struck off charge and handed to the Reconstruction