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Vintage Stearman Aircraft Making a Stop in Winnipeg

May 15, 2012 8:00 AM | Entertainment

Boeing Stearman FJ875 (VINTAGEWINGS.CA)

A classic aircraft once used by the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1943 will visit Winnipeg on a three-day stopover.

The Boeing Stearman was used by the military as a supplemental trainer for the Tiger Moth. Prized for its advanced performance capabilities, it was soon rejected because the open cockpit wasn’t suitable for Canadian winters.

The aircrafts were sold off in the 1940s, ’50s and ’60s to be used as crop dusters and air show performers due to their maneuverability and aerobatic performance.

Vintage Wings of Canada will bring the Stearman to the Western Canada Aviation Museum from May 21-23, where the public can sit in the cockpit get a feel for the controls. Pilot and crew will be on hand to answer questions.

Boeing Stearman public viewing hours:
Monday, May 21 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday, May 22 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Wednesday, May 23 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.