As a kid, I spent countless hours building model airplanes. My favorites were the open cockpit variety. Although, I always wanted to fly one, I didn’t actually get the chance until, quite by chance, I met Rhett Grotzinger, an antique aircraft collector in North Carolina. When the talk turned to planes, he offered me a ride and, even better, a chance to put my hands on the joystick.
The Stearman was used to train pilots in World War II. After the war, thousands were sold to civilians and used for everything from airshow stunt planes to crop dusters.
Just for fun, take a little flight with me above the North Carolina countryside.
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