The picture above was taken at Moontown airport, about 20 miles east of Huntsville,Alabama.(May 2000)

The 1929 New Standard aircraft was conceived and built to fill the need of a 1920's barnstorming group, the Gates Flying Circus. They needed an aircraft capable of carrying passengers from farmer's fields. The New Standard D-25 filled the need perfectly. Its unusually large size allowed the New Standard to carry 4 to 5 passengers in the front cockpit with the pilot in the rear cockpit. Because of its maneuverability and load carrying capabilities the New Standard became popular with crop dusters in the 40's and 50's. This is the only original New Standard D25 left flying in the world today.

Specifications for New Standard D-25
Engine Type: Wright J-6-7 Horse Power: 225 hp
Wing Span: 45 ft
Stall Speed: 37 mph
Payload: 1400 lbs.
Range: 715 miles
Cruise Speed: 75 mph

Col. Kittinger barnstorms in this authentic and totally restored 1929 New Standard Bi-plane- the last flying example of an aircraft expressly built for the famous Gates Flying Circus which flew thousands of passengers in the 1920's and 1930's for their first airplane ride. Col. Kittinger is a retired Air Force Colonel who holds the still current world's record for the longest high-altitude parachute jump in history - 103,000' set in 1960. He also was the first man to fly solo by balloon across the Atlantic in 1984 and is the subject of a new Naval Institute book, The Pre-Astronauts by Craig Ryan. Joe Kittinger joined the Wright Brothers and other legiondary aviators when he was inducted into the National Aviation Hall of Fame on July 19, 1997.

Visit the New Standard Biplane site and find out when it will be at an airport near you!.(just click on this text)

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