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Civilian Stearman

Welcome to the civilian Stearman page. Have you wondered how many of these vintage airplanes have survived the test of time? Who cares for these aviation treasures? What is their current condition? Where are they based? Here you will find pictures of the civilian Stearmans and a brief history of each aircraft. If you can provide more information and pictures please email us.



Special thanks to photographers and the owners who have supplied information and photos. The list of surviving Stearmans below was compiled by Tom Lowe and Alan Lopez as published in the Spring 2008 AAHS Journal.



Civilian Stearman


(picture needed) S/N 101, Unregistered - 1927, Model C-1, Project with owner Gary Stuckle, Davenport, WA


(picture needed) S/N 102, N1682E - 1927, Model C-2A, Project with owner Gary Stuckle, Davenport, WA


(picture needed) S/N 103, Unregistered - 1927, Model C-2M, Project with undisclosed owner



S/N 104, NC3440 - 1927, Model C-3B, Flying with Larry Tobin, Colbert, WA













(picture needed) S/N 121, NC5415 - 1928, Model C-3B, (Original registration NC4713) Static display with owner - Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum, Anchorage, AK - In 1929, Ben Eielson purchased this Stearman from Noel Wien for the newly established Alaskan Airways, Inc. In November, 1929, pilot Eielson and his mechanic, Earl Borland, were lost on a flight in Siberia to the stranded fur ship, Nanuk. With only forty hours flight time, novice aviator Harold Gillam, flew the Stearman on this extraordinary search for the downed men. NC5415 was among the first to land on Mt. McKinley 1932, and also made historic flights to arctic villages with diphtheria serum in 1931 with pilot Joe Crosson. (info pulled from museum web site www.alaskaairmuseum.org)


(picture needed) S/N 135, NC6101H - 1928, Model C-3B, Project owned by Charles Brown, Sandpoint, ID


(picture needed) S/N 166, NC7550 - 1928, Model C-3B, Static display with Seattle Museum of Flight, Seattle, WA www.museumofflight.org


(picture needed) S/N 169, NC6438 - 1928, Model C-3B, Flying with Greg Herrick, Blaine, MN www.goldenwingsmuseum.com


(picture needed) S/N 173, NC1598 - 1928, Model C-3B, (original registration NC6433) Project owned by James Miller, Spokane, WA


(picture needed) S/N 178, NC6487 - 1928, Model C-3B, Project owned by Tim Talen, Springfield, OR


(picture needed) S/N 204, NC9067 - 1929, Model C-3B, Project owned by Kansas Aviation Museum, Wichita, KS  www.kansasaviationmuseum.org


S/N 207, NC6496 - 1928, Model C-3B, Flying with C.M. Williams, Marietta, GA













(picture needed) S/N 221, NC8811 - 1929, Model C-3B, Flyable after restoration with Kelch Trust based in Broadhead, WI


(picture needed) S/N 239, NC8825 - 1929, Model C-3B, Project owned by Aaron Silk, Spokane, WA


S/N 241, NC8835 - 1929, Model C-3B, Flying with owner Mike George, Springfield, IL













(picture needed) S/N 244, NC8830 - 1929, Model C-3B, Flying with R.W. McWhorter, Prosser, WA


(picture needed) S/N 5001, NC8828 - 1929, Model C-3R, Flying with Ralph Graham, Mendota Heights, MN


(picture needed) S/N 5003, NC8840 - 1929, Model C-3R, Project owned by Greg Babcock, Wapato, WA


(picture needed) S/N 5007, NC656K - 1929, Model C-3R, Flying with Thomas Buffaloe, Dolores, CO


(picture needed) S/N 5034, NC790H - 1930, Model C-3R, Project owned by John Lohmar, St. Charles, MO


S/N 5036, NC794H - 1930, Model C-3R, Flying with Bill Allen, El Cajon, CA www.allenairwaysflyingmuseum.com













S/N 5037, NC799H - 1931, Model C-3R, Flying with Tom and Nancy Lowe, Crystal Lake, IL













(picture needed) S/N 5038, NC566Z - 1931, Model C-3R, (original registration NC566Y) Project owned by Archie Wilson, West Palm Beach, FL


(picture needed)/N 5039, NC567Y - 1933, Model C-3P, Project owned by Harold Rowe, St. Petersburg, FL


S/N 4003, NC665K - 1929, Model 4C, Project airframe registered to Gary Peters, Clarkston, WA













S/N 4005, NC663K - 1930, Model 4E, Flying with owner Ben Scott, Reno, NV













S/N 4007, NC667K - 1930, Model 4C, Owned by Gary Peters, Clarkston, WA (photo by Jim Koepnick via previous owner Sarah Wilson)














(picture needed) S/N 4011, Unregistered - 1930, Model 4DM, (original registration NC774H) Project owned by Bob Farr, Lewiston, ID


(picture needed) S/N 4019, NC779H - 1930, Model 4E, Paperwork owned by Walter House, Wichita, KS


(picture needed) S/N 4021, CF-AMB - 1930, Model 4EM, Static display owned by Canada Aviation Museum, Ottawa, Canada  http://www.aviation.technomuses.ca/collections/artifacts/aircraft/Stearman4EMSeniorSpeedmail/


S/N 4022, NC785H - 1930, Model 4E, Flying with owner Brian Aukes, Ankeny, IA













S/N 4023, NC791H - 1930, Model 4E, Flying with owner Steve Hamilton, Carson City, NV













S/N 4025, NC774H - 1931, Model 4D, (original registration NC796H) Flying with owner Ron Rex, Ocala, FL













S/N 4026, NC11224 - 1931, Model 4E, (original registration NC11724) Flyable on display Yanks Air Museum, Chino, CA owned by Charles Nichols, Baldwin Park, CA www.yanksair.com












(picture needed) S/N 4027, NC569Y - 1931, Model 4D, (original registration NC563Y) Project owned by Kansas Aviation Museum, Wichita, KS www.kansasaviationmuseum.org


S/N 4033, NC485W - 1931, Model 4DM, Flying with owner Addison Pemberton, Spokane, WA http://home.comcast.net/~biplane0/













(picture needed) S/N 4036, NC488W - 1931, Model 4CM, Flying with owner Stuart Aviation, based in FL


S/N 4037, NC489W - 1931, Model 4CM, Registered to Bud Field estate, Hayward, CA













(picture needed) S/N 4040, NC11722 - 1931, Model 4C, Paperwork owned by Bob Farr, Lewiston, ID


S/N 6002, NC787H - 1931, Model 6L, Flying with owner Ron Alexander, Griffin, GA www.peachstateaero.com













(picture needed) S/N 6003, NC788H - 1930, Model 6L, Flying with owner Greg Herrick, Blaine, MN  www.goldenwingsmuseum.com


S/N 6004, NC795H - 1931, Model 6L, Flyable on display Yanks Air Museum, Chino, CA owned by Charles Nichols, Baldwin Park, CA www.yanksair.com












S/N 6010, NC786H - 1933, Model 6C, (original registration NC2143) Project owned by Robert Lock, Polk City, FL www.waldowrights.com













S/N 1005, NC9055 - 1929, Model M-2, Owned by Western Antique Aeroplane Museum, Hood River, OR