I believe I have not yet told you what brought Kelly and I to Dawson City last summer…and what brought us back again this year.
This is it – a vintage Stearman biplane. She’s a beauty, eh? Kelly was hired to ferry her from Ontario to Dawson last summer.
It was a long trip because the airplane has a very short range.
Also, the it’s an endurance test for the pilot. The trip was done in 33 legs, 44 hours flying in total. He averaged two legs per day, if that helps put it into perspective.
A ground crew followed along below, with extra avgas in the back. She does like to guzzle the gasoline.
This particular craft was manufactured in 1942 as a WWII trainer.
She was given a paint job over the winter. Now she shines in the Great River Air colours of blue and cream.
At long last, Kelly has landed his dream summer job…giving rides in a vintage biplane in the skies over Dawson City.