46th Annual National Stearman Fly-In

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Biplanes Beautiful!

 

The 46th National Stearman Fly-In will celebrate America’s iconic biplane, and you’re invited to join the fun Sept. 4-9, 2017, at Galesburg, IL, Municipal Airport.

The must-attend event of the year for Stearman enthusiasts will offer a generous mix of flying events, technical seminars, entertainment and food. Best of all, it’s an opportunity to fly and relax with friends.

Click here for Schedule of Events information.

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Friday Fly-In Photo: This is a common sight at one of the many fly-outs that happen throughout the week at the National Stearman Fly-In. I took this photo over top of the Wolford farm in 2016... The best thing about the Fly-In is that people don't show up, park their airplanes, and visit for a week before packing their airplanes and leaving. The Stearmans are constantly flying, every day, all day. I truly is a sight to behold!

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Friday Fly-In Photo: Just look at the rows of absolutely beautiful Stearmans... If you think they're stunning in this photo (taken by Bob Jesko), you've gotta see them for yourself in person. When you see all of these colorful airplanes together, against the gorgeous backdrop of the brilliant blue skies and deep greens of the corn and bean fields that the Galesburg area offers, it's enough to make your eyes water!

The National Stearman Fly-In runs September 4-9, 2017... for more info, take a look at www.stearmanflyin.com
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The 2017 National Stearman Fly-In's Schedule of Events is filling out.

Here's what's on tap as of July 12:

2017 Schedule of Events

 Monday, Sept. 4, 2017
7-9 a.m.: Stearman 5K Rendezvous. Rain or shine, run or walk the runways at Galesburg Municipal Airport. Full details on event’s Facebook page.
7-11 a.m.: Hog Capital of the World Days fly-in breakfast, Kewanee Municipal Airport, Kewanee, IL. Food charge.
9 a.m.: Daily pilot briefing, Stearman Fly-In seminar tent, Galesburg Municipal Airport. Briefing for Labor Day Parade flyover following daily briefing.
Activities continuing throughout the day:
Stearman Rides: Experience flight in an open-cockpit biplane with Robert Preston; call (330) 328-4527 to schedule. Try biplane aerobatics with David Brown; call (540) 219-3259 to schedule. Walk-ups also accepted in front of Jet Air, Inc. office, Galesburg Municipal Airport.
Poker run.
Fun flying, buddy hops, hangar flying.
10 a.m.: Galesburg Labor Day Parade fly-over.
10 a.m.-6 p.m.: Narrated tram rides along Stearman flight line for general public (weather permitting). $1 per person.
6 p.m. Welcome Picnic for Fly-In participants at Jet Air Hangar, Galesburg Municipal Airport. Free for Fly-In participants.
7:30 p.m.: Movie night in Jet Air Hangar: “Heroes On Deck: World War II on Lake Michigan.” Free to the public.

 Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017
9 a.m.: Daily pilot briefing, Stearman Fly-In seminar tent, Galesburg Municipal Airport.
Activities continuing throughout the day:
Stearman Rides: Experience flight in an open-cockpit biplane with Robert Preston; call (330) 328-4527 to schedule. Try biplane aerobatics with David Brown; call (540) 219-3259 to schedule. Walk-ups also accepted in front of Jet Air, Inc. office, Galesburg Municipal Airport.
Poker run.
Fun flying, buddy hops, hangar flying.
9:30 a.m.: Seminar, “ADS-B: How Will It Affect Me?” Presented by Warren Smith, FAA Safety Program Manager, Springfield, IL, Flight Standards Office. Jet Air, Inc. hangar, Galesburg Municipal Airport.
10 a.m.-6 p.m.: Narrated tram rides along Stearman flight line for general public (weather permitting). $1 per person.
Evening: Dinner at Cerar’s Barnstormer Restaurant, Monmouth, IL. Order from menu. Ground transportation available, contact Stearman Fly-In office.

 Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017
9 a.m.: Daily pilot briefing, Stearman Fly-In seminar tent, Galesburg Municipal Airport.
Activities continuing throughout the day:
Stearman Rides: Experience flight in an open-cockpit biplane with Robert Preston; call (330) 328-4527 to schedule. Try biplane aerobatics with David Brown; call (540) 219-3259 to schedule. Walk-ups also accepted in front of Jet Air, Inc. office, Galesburg Municipal Airport.
Poker run.
Fun flying, buddy hops, hangar flying.
9:30 a.m.: Seminar, “Basic Med and the Third Class,” presented by Dr. Bruce Chien, Senior Aviation Medical Examiner, Peoria, IL. Jet Air hangar, Galesburg Municipal Airport.
10 a.m.-6 p.m.: Narrated tram rides along Stearman flight line for general public (weather permitting). $1 per person.
11 a.m.: Fly-out to Kewanee Municipal Airport, Kewanee, IL. Food charge.
3 p.m.: “The Last Fighter Pilot,” presentation by retired Army Air Corps Capt. Jerry Yellin, Champions Gate, FL, at the Stearman Fly-In seminar tent. Yellin will sign copies of his newest book after the presentation. Books will be available at the signing.
4:00 p.m.: Pilot briefing for Monmouth Prime Beef Festival Parade fly-over. Fly-In seminar tent, Galesburg Municipal Airport.
5 p.m.: Monmouth Prime Beef Festival Parade fly-over.
Evening: Dine out in Galesburg.

 Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017
9 a.m.: Daily pilot briefing, Stearman Fly-In seminar tent, Galesburg Municipal Airport.
Activities continuing throughout the day:
Stearman Rides: Experience flight in an open-cockpit biplane with Robert Preston; call (330) 328-4527 to schedule. Try biplane aerobatics with David Brown; call (540) 219-3259 to schedule. Walk-ups also accepted in front of Jet Air, Inc. office, Galesburg Municipal Airport.
Poker run.
Fun flying, buddy hops, hangar flying.
9:30 a.m.: Seminar, “Stearman Fly-Ins for the Next Generation – Inputs From the Field.” Presented by Mike Rutledge, member of the National Stearman Fly-In Board of Directors. Stearman Fly-In seminar tent.
10 a.m.-6 p.m.: Narrated tram rides along Stearman flight line for general public (weather permitting). $1 per person.
Mid-morning: Fly-out to Gen-Air Park, Geneseo, IL, for lunch. Food charge.
1:30 p.m.: Stearman aerobatic contest briefing, Gen-Air Park pilot lounge, Geneseo.
2 p.m.: Stearman aerobatic contest, Gen-Air Park, Geneseo.
3:30 p.m.: Seminar, "Stearman Differences Found During Restoration," presented by Bob Swint, Geneseo, IL. Stearman Fly-In seminar tent.
5:30 p.m.: Beverage wagon opens, Jet Air Hangar, Galesburg Municipal Airport.
6:30-7:30 p.m.: Pizza party, Jet Air hangar, Galesburg Municipal Airport. Free for Fly-In participants.
7:30 p.m.: Gone West! Remembering those in the Stearman community who passed on during the last year. Jet Air hangar.
7:35 p.m.: Program, “Saving History: U.S. Naval Air Station Ottumwa, Iowa,” presented by Steve Black, president of Friends of NAS Ottumwa. Jet Air Hangar.

 Friday, Sept. 8, 2017
9 a.m.: Daily pilot briefing, Stearman Fly-In seminar tent, Galesburg Municipal Airport.
Activities continuing throughout the day:
Stearman Rides: Experience flight in an open-cockpit biplane with Robert Preston; call (330) 328-4527 to schedule. Try biplane aerobatics with David Brown; call (540) 219-3259 to schedule. Walk-ups also accepted in front of Jet Air, Inc. office, Galesburg Municipal Airport.
Poker run.
Fun flying, buddy hops, hangar flying.
9:30 a.m.: Stearman Restorers Association annual meeting, Fly-In seminar tent, Galesburg Municipal Airport.
10 a.m. (time approximate): National Stearman Fly-In “Class of 2017” group photo. Mike Rutledge, Stearman Restorers Association president, will “wrangle” participants.
10 a.m.-6 p.m.: Narrated tram rides along Stearman flight line for general public (weather permitting). $1 per person.
10:30 a.m.-2 p.m.: Picnic fly-out.
2:30 p.m.: Briefing for short field take-off, flour bombing and spot landing contests, Fly-In seminar tent.
3:00 p.m.: Short field take-off, flour bombing and spot landing contests, Galesburg Municipal Airport.
6 p.m.: Beverage wagon opens, Jet Air Hangar, Galesburg Municipal Airport.
7-8 p.m.: Friday night dinner, Jet Air Hangar. Food, beverage charges.
8 p.m.: Program, "Old Airplanes and Old Pilots. Where Is the Next Generation.” Presented by John Pike, Big Sky Stearman, Oregon City, OR. Jet Air hangar.

 Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017
6:36 a.m.: Dawn Patrol flights launch.
7-10 a.m.: Dawn Patrol Flight Breakfast at Southeast Iowa Regional Airport, Burlington. Sponsored by EAA Chapter 700. Menu: Egg casserole, biscuits and gravy, hash browns, juice, coffee, milk, water. Price: $8 for full order with drinks, $5 for half order. Free breakfast for pilot-in-command of each arriving Stearman courtesy of Heartland Harley-Davidson (Bob Knoll), Burlington.
Activities continuing throughout the day:
Stearman Rides: Experience flight in an open-cockpit biplane with Robert Preston; call (330) 328-4527 to schedule. Try biplane aerobatics with David Brown; call (540) 219-3259 to schedule. Walk-ups also accepted in front of Jet Air, Inc. office, Galesburg Municipal Airport.
Poker run.
Fun flying, buddy hops, hangar flying.
10 a.m.-6 p.m.: Narrated tram rides along Stearman flight line for general public (weather permitting). $1 per person.
1-3 p.m.: Children’s activities. Jet Air hangar, Galesburg Municipal Airport.
1:30 p.m.: Formation Flying contest briefing at Stearman Fly-In seminar tent, Galesburg Municipal Airport.
2 p.m.: Formation flying contest, Galesburg Municipal Airport.
3 p.m.: Parade of Flight, an airborne history of Stearman aircraft, over Galesburg Municipal Airport.
7 p.m.: National Stearman Fly-In Annual Banquet and Awards Presentations at Jet Air Hangar, Galesburg Municipal Airport. Serving until 8 p.m.
Fly-In officially ends.

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 Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017
Fly-Out Breakfast. It’s a Galesburg tradition. Get up early to see Stearman aircraft depart for home. All-you-can-eat breakfast from 7 a.m.-11 a.m. served by Galesburg Noon Lions Club at Jet Air hangar, Galesburg Municipal Airport.
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‘Made It Happen’ awards honor man who loved vintage planes

A new award honoring the late Donald W. Grundstrom will debut during the 46th National Stearman Fly-In.

Grundstrom. who lived in Eldridge, IA, died May 24, 2017, at age 94. He was a long-time Deere and Company employee, and a collector of vintage airplanes — including a Red Baron Stearman.

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The National Stearman Fly-In office at Galesburg Municipal Airport is manned in daylight hours during Fly-In week. Leave a message on the answering machine at other times.

U.S. Postal Service:
National Stearman Fly-In NFP Inc.
P.O. Box 1937
Galesburg, IL 61402-1937

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307 Lloyd Stearman Dr.
Galesburg, IL 61401

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Board of Directors
Diane Stickle - President
Donivan Godsil - Executive Vice President
Thomas E. Lowe - Vice President
Jean Jacobs - Secretary
Ben McMahan - Treasurer
Robert F. Harrison - Director
Mike Lowe - Director
Mike Rutledge - Director
Harrel W. Timmons - Director
Phillip Wolford - Director
Jeanne Conlon - Director
Logan Fifer - Director
Brian Rosenstein - Director
Lisa Woldow - Director
Brian Vallero - Director