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Buffalo-Based Boeing Stearman Leaves State

Ray Johnson Says Farewell To Iconic Biplane

 

Photo Courtesy Jared Calvert

Family and friends gathered one last time in Ray Johnson's hangar around the 1943 Boeing Stearman before ferry pilot Jared Calvert flew the plane to Florida.

The sky over Buffalo this summer will be missing the sight and sound of a 450 hp Stearman biplane. The red with black trim airplane has been a familiar sight in the area for many years. But time marches on and things inevitably change.

Early afternoon on Thursday, March 4, Boeing Stearman N65691 lifted from the Buffalo Airport, likely for the very last time.

It was piloted not by its long-time owner and restorer Ray Johnson, but by a ferry pilot who took advantage of relatively warm spring weather to begin the first leg of a journey to deliver the 1943 Stearman to a new owner.

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