BIPLANE For All Seasons

Stephen Chapis talks to Virginia-based John Elliott about his rare PT-27, designed for Canadian winters

Enclosed cockpit Boeing PT-27 Kaydet FD993 (NC60810).
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Anyone lucky enough to own and operate a Boeing Stearman biplane in the northern hemisphere can revel in the delight of open cockpit flying from mid-spring through to early autumn without wearing a lot of extra clothing.

Even when the temperatures drop and the 100mph slipstream brings a distinct chill into the cockpit, one can still enjoy the flight by donning an always stylish leather flying jacket and scarf. But once the mercury drops below freezing, most Stearmans are sequestered in their hangars for the winter.

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