Buffalo-Based Boeing Stearman Leaves State
Ray Johnson Says Farewell To Iconic Biplane
April 1, 2021
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.