Hobby Master 1/48 Air Power Series
Boeing PT-17 Stearman
4X-ACH #31, Israeli Air Force
1/48 scale pre-finished
Die-cast metal with a minimum of plastic.
Professionally painted.
All markings pad applied for superb results.
Comes with a pilot that can be removed.
Comes with display stand.
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The Stearman Aircraft Company produced a bi-plane trainer-aircraft called the Model 70. In
1935 the USN ordered the Model 70 with a Wright J-5 Whirlwind engine designated the
NS-1. Boeing Aircraft Company bought Stearman and gave the Model 70 a Lycoming R-680-5
radial engine making it a Model 75. In 1936 the U.S. Army Air Corps placed an order for the
Model 75 and designated it PT-13. With a Continental R-670-5 engine it became the PT-17.
The RCAF labeled it PT-27 Kaydet with Kaydet becoming the universally accepted name.

In February 1949 the Israeli Air Force purchased former U.S. Army PT-17s for their new Flight
School at the ex-RAF base Kfar Sirkin just outside Telaviv. The IAF would eventually own
over 60 PT-17s that were used as their primary trainer and supplemented with some
Harvards. The IAF tested Chipmunks, Fokker S.11 Buckaroos plus a few others but they
weren’t able to perform in the hot climate of Israel. In the 1950s pilot training required 60 hours
in the PT-17 before moving on to the Harvard. The PT-17 was used until it was replaced in
late 1956 by the Piper Super Cub. The #31 4X-ACH is kept at the Israeli Air Force Museum at
the Hatzerim Air Force Base and is flown on some holidays, air shows and IAF pilot academy

Specifications Boeing PT-17 Kaydet Stearman
Crew – 2 x Student Pilot and Instructor
PT-17 Produced – 3,500 +
Number of all variants produced – 10,000 +

1 x Continental R-670-5 7 cylinder radial engine producing 220 hp
Maximum Speed – 124 mph
Climb Rate – 840 ft/min
Service Ceiling – 11,200 ft
Range – 505 miles

Length – 24 ft 3 in
Wingspan – 32 ft 2 in
Height – 9 ft 2 in

Empty – 1,936 lbs
Maximum Takeoff – 2,717 lbs