Boeing Stearmans X 2
Operator: AeroSuperBatics Wingwalking Team
Year of Manufacture: 194o's
Powered by: Pratt & Witney R-985 450 hp. Radial Engine
Colour Scheme: AeroSuperBatics
The team fly original 1940s vintage Boeing Stearman biplanes in a striking orange livery.
Boeing Stearmans were built in America as a trainer during the Second World War. Nearly 10,000 were built and they trained thousands and thousands of pilots. After the War they were sold off as surplus and the majority were bought by farmers and converted into crop dusters. When more modern agricultural aircraft came along they might have fallen into disrepair but many were restored and enjoyed another new lease of life as private and air display aircraft.
The aircraft have been modified with extra ailerons and a bigger engine.
They are fitted with a huge 450hp Pratt & Witney R-985 radial engine with a 10-foot diameter propeller. The engine is almost 17 litres, nearly 9 times bigger than the average family car engine.
The tips of the propeller reach supersonic speeds which you can hear as a ‘rasping sound’ during the Display.
The powerful smoke system works by injecting environmentally friendly smoke oil directly into the exhaust system. Each aircraft uses up to 30 litres per display!
History of Wingwalking
Wingwalking dates back to when young flying aces returned from the First World War totally addicted to the thrill of flying.
After the war, surplus aircraft were cheap to buy, so they were purchased by these pilots who would thrill crowds with their aerial antics and sell joy rides.
To entertain the crowds further, provide more excitement and ensure the crowds returned for more, the pilots persuaded their engineers and girlfriends to walk out along their biplane’s linen wings.
This was the start of wingwalking and ‘flying circus’ entertainment.
These Wingwalkers recreate the fearless glamour of those pioneering years.
Utilizing the latest technology, they bring all the vitality and excitement from the 1920’s to today’s airshows.
The Wingwalking girls can see the crowd waving - so please wave at them!
The force of wind against the girls can be compared to a hand out of a car window on the motorway – but that’s only 70mph!
The girls are secured into the wingwalking rig by a 5 point military harness.
The girls perform handstands by swiveling in the wingwalking rig. The girls moves are synchronized, they move ‘in time’ together.
The team experience G Forces of +4G to -2G.
The girls unstrap and climb around the aircraft towards end of display, secured by waist harness
The Team have displayed all over the UK, Europe and around the World including China, India, UAE, Australia, Philippines to name a few. Over 20 countries.
Find out more: www.aerosuperbatics.com