Some 2,141 PT 13's were built.
Power plant 1 x Lycoming R-680
Span 32'2" Length 24'9" Height 9'8" Wing area 298 sq ft
Empty weight 1,931 lb Gross weight 2,635 lb
Max speed 135 mph Cruising speed 96 mph
Service ceiling 13,200 ft
|Bob Kusterer, 02.12.2013|
My first aerobatic instruction was in a PT-17. It was also my first open cockpit experience. At the time it was a real thrill and I thought the Stearman was just the be-all, end-all airplane. After flying Stampe, Bucker, and Pitts, I had the opportunity to fly a Stearman again; it was then that I realized what a slug it really was.
|glenn dunham, 23.03.2013|
I discovered very early on, when flying the PT there was only one truth. You will ground loop if you haven't already done so. We loved our PT-18, flying it to many military base airshows and watched the WWII guys who learned to fly one sit in the cockpit and tear up.
|Anthony Halligan, 20.11.2012|
I'm starting to build a 1/4 scale flying model of this aircraft. The research I've done states that the aerofoil section used is NACA 2213,but on the drawings I'm working from the section works out at NACA 2316.I should be obliged if anyone could advise me on this point. The drawings I'm working from show the aircraft in US Navy livery. I don't know if this is relevant,
I just to write to say, I really enjoy reading all the old stories about these wonderful birds from all you WWII vets. Thank you so much!
|Bill Robelen, 10.10.2011|
I'm building a 28" wingspan model, but instructions give no hint as to color. Was there a factory standard, or did each owner pick and paint?
|Ian Taylor, 04.10.2011|
jcbontempo has almost said it all, but not quite. Several thousand Brits started on PT17's at no less than six BFTS
during WW11. I was at No4,Falcon Field near Phoenix in '42,
and Chinese cadets were also being trained nearby. After Tiger
Moths & 130 hp the PT17 & 220 hp was an absolute joy.
I CROP DUSTED IN A 450 H.P.WRIGHT, PT-17 WHILE FURLOUGHED FROM BRANIFF AIRLINE (1969). I AM NOW RETIRED AND HAVE OWNED A STOCK N2S-5 NAVY STEARMAN WITH THE 225 H.P., R-680 LYCOMING ON IT. I HAVE OWNED IT FOR 47 YEARS AND IT HAS BEEN A SWEETHEART TO FLY.
|Vern Baisden, 01.03.2011|
In the late 50s at Watertown,Ny airport, my friend George Dorr had a Stearman PT-17. He said if I wanted to check myself out in it, go ahead. We were all tail dragger pilots and did things like that in those days. Even though it was a warm day, my first mistake was no helmet, goggles or flight jacket. On take off all the dust and sand that accumulated in the cockpit got in my eyes. But I cleared that up quickly. my scalp was sore from my hair whipping so badly, and my cheeks were getting hurt from the ends of the shoulder harness that I should have tucked in. And I was cold. How I could feel so cold and miserable, yet, enjoy the flight so much is something only aviators can understand. This particular PT-17 was reengined with a Lycoming 680 with full cowling. ( AT-10 firewall forward)
It cruised at 120 MPH.
|C. W. "Bill" Maloney, 29.11.2010|
I flew PT-17's in my primary school (Ryan Field - Hemet,
Calif.) in 1944 and it was a very enjoyable time during
my service career.
|Chuck Purcell, 11.10.2010|
I flew as a cadet at Olathe Kansas whe I enter the Navy.
It's just a delightful airplane, a Cub with two wings.
|Bob Franklin, 29.03.2010|
I instructed in a 220 Continental and a 450 P&W convertion Stearman at the old Ag Aviation Academy in Minden. Nevada in the early 60's. Both great airplanes, but the 450 was more fun and the first airplane I ever flew that had enough power.
It was a fine aircraft with a 450 on the nose.
|Tony Love, 15.02.2010|
I've owned one for over 20 years. A beaautiful A/C to fly. You can do almost anything you like, and it is very forgiving. No greater sound than a round engine, the smell of oil, and the aroma from farmer's fields in the spring. I love it.
|Paul R. Flow, 11.05.2008|
I was a Crop-Duster in the 1950's and used a PT-13 as a Spray plane. It had a 9 cylinder Lycoming with 225 HP.It had the exhaust collector ring on the front as opposed to the 220 Continental that was on the PT-17.
|Ed Gall, 05.04.2008|
I agree with John. The PT-13 shown has a 9 cylinder radial and the PT- 17 will show a 7 cylinder radial. Both will groundloop easily should one not be alert. I had the meanest instructor the Air Corps had in my primary school.
|John C BonTempo, 28.03.2008|
Can't believe that you were unable to cover the one plane that most Army/AirForce/Us Navy/US Marines learned to fly in!