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This is no Stearman. There are three Yellow Peril N3N’s restored and now on display at Yanks.
This N3N was preserved without its fabric covering in order to compare construction methods between the WWII era trainer and the similarly uncovered Curtiss Jenny of WWI. These two biplanes span about twenty years and demonstrate the technological advances that lay the groundwork for today’s modern aircraft.
While the N3N increased in weight, speed, and ability so did the demands on the engine and airframe. The Jenny’s 90hp “V” configuration engine and wood construction gave way to the stronger, steel airframe and 235hp rotary engine.
The N3N was the last biplane in US military service and was retired from the U S Navy in 1961. The Army Air Forces Stearman aircraft were retired more than a decade earlier in 1948.