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Any Stearman owners here?

I'm well into the purchasing of a 1942, 220-horse ST75.

I've got about 1000 tailwheel and ten in type and really looking forward to slowly delving into the flight envelope.


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I’m on my second one. Started out with a Pete Jones stocker. Now have a newer restoration with a 275hp Jake. They are kind of addicting...you’ll enjoy it.


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Wonderful airplanes, but never forget when landing on the pavement...

The bottom wing of a Stearman is never more than a heartbeat away from becoming a canvas bag full of toothpicks.

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Wonderful airplanes, but never forget when landing on the pavement...

The bottom wing of a Stearmans is never more than a heartbeat away from becoming a canvas bag full of toothpicks.


^^^^^^^

Hahahahahaha so true :D

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I’m on my second one. Started out with a Pete Jones stocker. Now have a newer restoration with a 275hp Jake. They are kind of addicting...you’ll enjoy it.


I'm also on my second one and yes they really are addicting. I bought the second one with a partner about a little over a year ago. It really wasn't his thing so we decided to sell it. After thinking about it for a bit, I decided that I wasn't ready to sell it so I bought him out. I just enjoy flying it.


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Congratulations! You’ll enjoy getting to know her. She can be challenging but rewarding!


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I'm really excited. The airplane belongs to my friend, so I've got a little bit of history with it. Flying acro in a stock Stearman is about as much fun as I've ever had in an airplane.

I'm finalizing my parachute decisions today. The choice is between Softies or Summit. I like what they're doing at Summit, but I'm not sure I'm completely comfortable with their in-house hardware. (In defense of it, their quick release looks pretty easy.) I'm a firm believer in dressing for the jump, not the flight. Helmets, boots, quick release connecters on the legs, LPU for coastal flying.

I'd love any parachute or equipment advice you guys have.

Anybody have any experience with the folks at Big Sky? They're right down the road from me.

When I sold my Cub in 2019, I told my wife I needed a newer airplane. I wasn't lying - this one is a 1942, vs. my '40 J-3. :rofl:


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The choice is between Softies or Summit.


FYI, we've been very happy with Summit. Haven't had to use them yet (thankfully) however!

Also, kudos on "dressing for the jump". I'm a firm believer in flightsuit, boots, helmet, gloves, and a chute when I'm flying the fun birds.

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The choice is between Softies or Summit.


FYI, we've been very happy with Summit. Haven't had to use them yet (thankfully) however!

Also, kudos on "dressing for the jump". I'm a firm believer in flightsuit, boots, helmet, gloves, and a chute when I'm flying the fun birds.

Robert


Are you using CEP in your helmet or just the stock audio? I've bought a David Clark K-10 for the passengers, but I'm ordering an HGU-68P for myself. Haven't decided on the electronics yet.

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I have a Strong Enterprises chute I bought at Sun n Fun a few years ago. I don’t know how tall you are, but I’m 6’3” and I found the (thin) backpack chute really crowded me up in the cockpit. I ended up returning it and going with a seat pack (like the WWII chutes) and took out the airplane’s back seat cushion to let me extend my legs more. This almost (but not quite) gets my knees out of the way of the stick when I’m rolling it.

Aerobatics in a stocker will teach you a thing or two about energy management. You just never have the option of fixing things with power and there’s only so much energy you can build up on the down lines.


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Are you using CEP in your helmet or just the stock audio? I've bought a David Clark K-10 for the passengers, but I'm ordering an HGU-68P for myself. Haven't decided on the electronics yet.


I purchased an HGU68 shell, new in box, off ebay and then wired my own Headsets, Inc. ANR kit into it. Not CEP, but works really well when batteries are fresh. It does eat 9 volts though.

Takeoff power in a T28 will overwhelm any ANR system - No idea about the sound level in a Stearman however.

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I tried ANR a couple of times early on, but it was pretty ineffective - whether it was the wind or the ambient noise complexity...never could get it to work. I have CEP wired for my passenger’s David Clark (in a canvas helmet) and it really helps. I have a Campbell Aeroclassics helmet (they are an outfit in New Zealand) that really blocks out the wind noise - which is a lot worse in the back cockpit. That helmet is a dream (Kevlar, classic looks, customized fit, good audio etc), but it is a financial commitment. Thankfully that check was written years ago and I don’t think about it too much anymore...ha.


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Any Stearman owners here?

I'm well into the purchasing of a 1942, 220-horse ST75.

I've got about 1000 tailwheel and ten in type and really looking forward to slowly delving into the flight envelope.


Not my favorite airplane. They are big, oily and slow IMO. Sluggish controls. I suggest the 300HP version. 220 is not enough and the 450 burns a lot of fuel and is heavy.

Look at Bucker Jungmanns. Solid 30-40kts faster, better controls, much smaller and more nimble. Not as much oil and mess to clean up after flying either.

Here’s my current open cockpit toy. I get 90% the feeling for 10% the money and 25% the hangar space.


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I tried ANR a couple of times early on, but it was pretty ineffective - whether it was the wind or the ambient noise complexity...never could get it to work. I have CEP wired for my passenger’s David Clark (in a canvas helmet) and it really helps. I have a Campbell Aeroclassics helmet (they are an outfit in New Zealand) that really blocks out the wind noise - which is a lot worse in the back cockpit. That helmet is a dream (Kevlar, classic looks, customized fit, good audio etc), but it is a financial commitment. Thankfully that check was written years ago and I don’t think about it too much anymore...ha.


I hate to even tell you this because you paid the full price but I found a used Campbell Aeroclassic helmet on Craigslist a few years ago for $165.00, yes that's right, $165.00. The guy was very specific about that price. I wasn't going to argue. For passengers, I've got a few cloth and leather helmets with DC headsets.
http://www.campbellaeroclassics.com/id2.html

For a chute, I bought a fanny pack one a few years ago. I can't remember the brand.


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That is a steal a twice the price, Dave. :thumbup:

Helmets are a rabbit hole you can spend either a lot or a little on, depending on your appetite. On my last trip back to my folks’ place, I got in the attic and found my Dad’s helmet from the 70’s. The interior and rubber coaming was shot (and it had no electronics - ag aviators in those days didn’t have stupid things like radios and there was only you, so no need for an intercom). But the shell is good with that patina of long use. I have it back in Texas now, and I’m considering having it restored for my use in the Stearman. I’m sure there are good places out there, but I haven’t found a custom helmet shop that inspires enough confidence, yet.

I’m sure you’re curious about what it looks like, so I’ll post it on my Dad’s head in the mid 70’s with some mid-70’s crop duster odds and ends around it. :D


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