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This Stearman PT-17 and another one next to it were restored by Sue and Richard Packer to be "as close as we could get them to the factory originals", including installing Continental R-670 engines. Sue and Richard do admit that they probably put more care into the butyrate dope finish than the factory originally did. The restorations took eight years. The Packer's first Stearman restoration won Antique Grand Champion at Oshkosh 1986.