"Stearman Aircraft chronicles more than just the airplanes built by the original Stearman Aircraft Company. To appreciate the significant role that Lloyd Carlton Stearman and his flying machines played in the development of American aviation, it is necessary to trace his career from the E.M. Laird and Travel Air companies, the establishment of the company that bore his name, and Lloyd's association with Walter Varney and the Lockheed Aircraft Company. Stearman's influence on aeronautics began with the humble Laird Swallow, climbed to new heights at Travel Air and reached its zenith with development of the Stearman Model 4 biplane." "The Stearman Aircraft Company of 1927 evolved into the Boeing's Stearman Division of the late 1930s and finally the Wichita Division during World War II. Across a period of more than 35 years, the Stearman and Boeing factories built more than 14,500 commercial and military airplanes. According to Boeing records, these included about 250 Stearman biplanes, 10,346 primary trainers (including equivalent spares), assemblies for 750 Waco CG-4 troop gliders, 1,769 B-29 heavy bombers (including equivalent spares), 12 L-15 liaison airplanes, 1,390 B-47, and 467 B-52 jet bombers."--Book jacket.