Originally designed as trainers, the outbreak of WWII accelerated demand for these two-seat biplanes, which also servedas barnstormers and crop dusters. Stearmans were flown at College Park Airport during the Brinckerhoff years (1927-1964) at the air races and as stunt planes. The Stearman hanging in the museum's gallery, however, has made an extra contribution to the history of aviation. In April 2000, Gus McLeod flew this Stearman, N8NP, in the first open-cockpit flight over the North Pole. McLeod donated the historic plane to the College Park Aviation Museum after its last flight in the 2000 CPAM Air Fair.