This PT-17 was designed by Nick Ziroli, Smithtown, NY. I purchased the prints from Nick Ziroli Plans and the precut kit from The Airplane Works, Martinsville, NJ.
The airplane was built during 2002 and finished in May of 2003. It was flown the first time on June 7, 2003. It has a total of 18 flights which averaged 15 minutes each.
Two flights were made on April 14, 2005 to try out the new B & B Smoke system. The system worked flawlessly and made white billows of smoke. Pictures of the B&B installation were added to this section on April 26, 2005.
·In April, 2005 I added the B&B Specialties Super Smoke Pumper with Control Valve, 16 oz. smoke oil tank & DuBro fill valve. ·JR XP8103S 8 channel Radio with 940S Receiver, Includes four Ultra Torque Servo’s # JRPS8411 on control surfaces and Servo #JRPS531 on Engine control. Includes a JR Transmitter Case. ·Qudra-Arrow Q-400 Gas Engine C& H Jump Start System. ·Mejzlik Carbon Fiber 18x10 Prop ·Du-Bro 24 oz. fuel tank and fuel fill valve. ·Robart PT17Z struts and # 13850A2 wheels. ·Fiberglass Specialties wheel pants and cowl. ·Covered with Koverall fabric. ·Painted 2003 VW Yellow and trimmed in VW Red. ·Goebel Instrument Panel.
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Ready to cover
Fuselage with dummy radial engine
Top Wing, ready to cover
Covered control surfaces
Steaman on pool table
Terry Holston starting Stearman
Very low pass
Touch & go
Bottom wing ready to covering
Wing, half covered
Stearman ready for first Flight
Ready for takeoff
First Flight June 3, 2003
Stearman with smoke
Doing a loop
In April, 2005 I added the B&B Specialities super smoke pumper with control valve, 16 oz. smoke oil tank & DuBro fill valve.