Vicky Benzing

Vicky’s beautiful Stearman was manufactured in 1940 by the Boeing Aircraft Company for use as a military trainer in WWII.

In 1990, the airplane was taken out of storage and restored by Stadel Aircraft based in Yuba City, California. It was converted back to a standard acrobatic category aircraft. Vicky purchased the airplane in 1998 and she bases it at The Pine Mountain Lake Airport near Yosemite California. Vicky loves to fly the airplane at air shows, demonstrating the grace and beauty of flight in this early trainer.

Except for the engine and a smoke system, Vicky’s Stearman remains as originally built 75 years ago. It has two ailerons instead of four, like most Stearmans that are flown in airshows. So it takes two hands on the stick and a lot of muscle to roll it. Vicky has learned to keep positive Gs on her Stearman at all times, just as the WWII pilots would have done. Vicky considers herself lucky to be a steward of this timeless masterpiece.

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