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N2S Stearman Flyby and Parachute Jump

N2S Stearman flyby during Parade of Fight during Centennial of Naval Aviation. San Diego, CA

A U.S. Navy N2S Stearman basic trainers during flyby at the 100th Anniversary Parade of Flight, February 12, 2011. The Boeing Stearman was used as a trainer throughout WW II.

According to the announcer, if you talked to the flyers, the Stearman was the toughest one to land, followed by the SNJ Texan, and if you could fly those, you could fly just about anything. He went on to say that when a fire occurred in a Stearman, the aircraft would burn up very quickly, so there had to be a method to get the pilot out.

 Parachute jump from N2S Stearman

The Stearman trainer was made out of wood and fabric to conserve aluminum for the combat aircraft during World War II. This made the aircraft flamable and if it caught on fire they would burn very quickly.

During the flyby, a second Stearman simulated that he was smoking; a member of the Navy Leap Frogs then jumped from this plane at 4,500 feet and came down with his parachute. Photos and video taken at Naval Base Coronado, North Island, San Diego, California.