The Kaydet, the two-seater biplane introduced by the Stearman Aircraft Division of Boeing in Wichita, Kansas, in 1934, became an unexpected success during World War II. Despite its almost obsolete design, its simple, rugged construction made it ideal as a trainer for novice pilots. The Kaydets had fabric-covered wooden wings, single-leg landing gear, and an over-built welded-steel fuselage. Between 1936 and 1944, Boeing built 8,584 Kaydets in all versions, plus the equivalent of 2,000 more in spares.
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