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  Our Stearman N2S-3 was built in 1941.  It was first stationed in Arcadia, Florida with Embry-Riddle, training British and American cadets until late 1943. In 1944 it was sold to Morgan Crop Service where it served for more than 9,000 hours as a crop duster.  
  Tim Kirby, the current owner, purchased the aircraft in 1993. At that point a neighbor, Gene Moore, expressed an interest in the aircraft restoration and was added as a partner. Gene was instrumental in the restoration. He is an electrical genius and a rib-stitcher extraordinaire. Once the seven-year restoration was complete, Gene was able to realize one of his life's dreams. At 78 years old, Gene soloed in the Stearman that he helped restore. He flew all his grandchildren, and then relinquished his half of the Stearman to Tim.   
  The Stearman won "Grand Champion Antique" at Lakeland Sun 'n Fun 2001, just 15 days after its first flight since restoration. It won best Warbird at the annual Thomasville, Georgia fly-in 2001 and Best Primary Trainer at Sun 'n Fun 2007.  
  Tim Kirby makes a low pass for the camera while taking a passenger on her first open-cockpit biplane ride.