FLIGHT OPS

Galesburg Airport Information


Airport Identifier:
KGBG (Galesburg Municipal Airport)

Location: 1.5 miles west of city

Elevation: 764 feet

Paved Runways: 03-21, 5,792 x 150 feet, lighted; 10-28, 3,600 x 100 feet, lighted

Grass Runway: 03R-21L, north of 10-28

Landing Pattern: Left, 500 feet

Unicom: 123.0; ATC Clearance Delivery: 120.7;

Automatic Weather Observation Service (AWOS): continuous on 118.975 or call (309) 343-3711

Fixed Base Operator: Jet Air, Inc., (309) 342-3134

Aircraft Parking

 

Galesburg Municipal Airport provides an ample grass parking area for Stearman aircraft on the northwest corner of the field. Parking spots are claimed on a first-come-first-served basis.

 

Only parking rows 1-8 have tie-down cables. Fly-In participants should bring their own tie-down ropes and stakes to assure planes are adequately secured.

Upon arrival, pilots will be given a cloth ribbon to affix to their airplane’s left N-strut. This helps parking personnel identify new arrivals.

To download a .pdf file of landing, take-off and parking procedures, click HERE.

Flyout and Parade Information

 

To download a PDF file on the Monday, Sept. 5, Labor Day Parade flyover, click HERE.

To download a PDF file on the Wednesday, Sept. 7, lunch flyout to Kewanee, IL, click HERE.

To download a PDF file on the Wednesday, Sept. 7, Monmouth Prime Beef Festival Parade flyover, click HERE.

To download a PDF file on the Thursday, Sept. 8, lunch flyout to Geneseo, IL, click HERE.

To download a PDF file on the Saturday, Sept. 10, Dawn Patrol to Burlington, IA, click HERE.

Registration, Fees


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Fees, Charges: The National Stearman Fly-In does not charge a registration fee. Most activities are open to registered participants and to the general public. Charges, if any, are detailed on the Fly-In’s schedule of events. Tickets for Friday and Saturday night dinners in the Jet Air, Inc. hangar must be purchased in advance at Fly-In headquarters at Galesburg Municipal Airport.

Registration: Pilots and visitors may register at the National Stearman Fly-In office at Galesburg Municipal Airport beginning on Monday, Sept. 5. A packet of information will be distributed to the pilot-in-command of each Stearman aircraft at registration.

Flight line badges: All persons must have a flight line badge to enter the restricted tie-down area. No charge for Stearman pilots, owners, Stearman Restorers Association members, their families and those in their parties. Other qualified persons (details available at National Stearman Fly-In office) may purchase a flight line pass for the entire week for $5.

 

Free Fuel for Stearman Pilots

 

Vouchers for $30 worth of free fuel will be given to the pilot-in-command of each Stearman aircraft flown to Galesburg for the 45th National Stearman Fly-In. Vouchers will be issued during registration and may be redeemed at Jet Air, Inc. This fuel program is made possible by a generous donation to the National Stearman Fly-In by the City of Galesburg.

Directions to Fly-In

 

Cedar Rapids, IA 137 Miles
Chicago, IL 195 Miles
Des Moines, IA 220 Miles
Dubuque, IA 124 Miles
Milwaukee, WI 239 Miles
Moline, IL 49 Miles
Peoria, IL 48 Miles
Springfield, IL 119 Miles
St. Louis, MO 215 Miles

 

Airport-Map
 

GROUND SUPPORT

Local Transportation
Shuttle vans: The National Stearman Fly-In provides free shuttle van service between Galesburg Municipal Airport and local hotels, to arrange rides, call (309) 343-6409 during daylight hours

Taxi: United American Cab at (309) 341-6161 or (309) 371-1555.

Galesburg Dining
Galesburg has more than 50 restaurants featuring a variety of foods sure to please Fly-In visitors. For information, inquire at the National Stearman Fly-In office or check the restaurant listing on the Galesburg Area Convention and Visitors Bureau web site.
Rental Cars
Galesburg Nissan
2080 N. Henderson St
Galesburg, IL 61401
309-342-1245
Contact: Jim Morgan.

Enterprise Rent-A-Car
165 S. Seminary St
Galesburg, IL 61401
309-341-1000

Contact the Fly-In
E-mail: stearman@stearmanflyin.com

Website: http://www.stearmanflyin.com

Telephone: (309) 343-6409.
The National Stearman Fly-In’s office at Galesburg Municipal Airport is manned in daylight hours during Fly-In week; leave message on answering machine at other times.

Mailing addresses:
National Stearman Fly-In NFP Inc.
P.O. Box 1937
Galesburg, IL 61402-1937

OR

National Stearman Fly-In NFP Inc.
307 Lloyd Stearman Dr
Galesburg, IL 61401

ITEMS OF INTEREST

Schedule of Events

Download a printable PDF of the schedule here.

 

Monday, Sept. 5, 2016

7:00 – 9:00 am: Stearman 5K Runway Incursion. Rain or shine, run or walk the runways at Galesburg Municipal Airport.
Full details on event’s Facebook page. Breakfast served for race participants AND public!

7:00 – 11:00 am: 43rd Hog Capital of the World Days fly-in breakfast, Kewanee Municipal Airport, Kewanee, IL. Hosted by Kewanee Volunteer Fire Department. All-you-can-eat pancakes and sausage. Adults $5

9:00 am: Daily pilot briefing, Stearman Fly-In seminar tent, Galesburg Municipal Airport.

10:00 am: Galesburg Labor Day Parade fly-over.

6:00 pm: Welcome Picnic for Fly-In participants at Jet Air Hangar, Galesburg Municipal Airport. Catered by the Rib Shack, Galesburg. Menu: Pulled pork sandwich, baked beans, cole slaw. Sponsored by Shotts Auto Machine Shop, Galesburg. Free for Fly-In participants.

7:30 pm: Training in the Stearman, a reminiscence of learning to fly by Capt. Jerry Yellin, an Army Air Corps veteran who fought in World War II. Open to the public.

Activities continuing throughout the day:
Narrated tram rides along Stearman flight line (weather permitting) – 10:00 am – 6:00 pm – $1 per person
Poker run, fun flying, buddy hops, hangar flying
Food and Merchandise Vendors
Stearman Rides! (click for details)

Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016

9:00 am: Daily pilot briefing, Stearman Fly-In seminar tent, Galesburg Municipal Airport

9:30 am: Seminar, “Stearman Brakes”, by Bob Swint, Geneseo, IL, and “Continental Engine Crankshaft Failure”, by Wally Falardeau, Poplar Grove, IL. Fly-In seminar tent, Galesburg Municipal Airport.

10:00 am – 5:00 pm: Tri-County Airport (2c6) open house. Fly-In visitors welcome any time at historic grass strip 12 minutes southeast of KGBG. Hosted by owners Dave and Cathy Shipley. Refreshments. Information: (309) 369-5343

Evening: Dinner at Cerar’s Barnstormer Restaurant, Monmouth, IL. Order from menu. Ground transportation available, contact Stearman Fly-In office.

Activities continuing throughout the day:
Narrated tram rides along Stearman flight line (weather permitting) – 10:00 am – 6:00 pm – $1 per person
Poker run, fun flying, buddy hops, hangar flying
Food and Merchandise Vendors
Stearman Rides (click for details)

Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016

9:00 am: Daily pilot briefing, Stearman Fly-In seminar tent, Galesburg Municipal Airport

9:30 am: Seminar, “Aeromedical Concerns,” presented by Dr. Bruce Chien, Senior Aviation Medical Examiner, Peoria, IL. Jet Air hangar, Galesburg Municipal Airport.

11:00 am: Lunch-time fly-out to Kewanee Municipal Airport, Kewanee, IL. Catered by Eilers Catering, Kewanee. Menu: Butterfly pork chop sandwich, Kewanee’s Famous Potato Salad, broccoli salad, mixed fruit bowl, dessert, iced tea, lemonade. Price $7

3:00 pm: Program, “Stearman Experiences,” a reminiscence of World War II by Army Air Corps veteran Capt. George Farnsworth. Stearman Fly-In seminar tent, Galesburg Municipal Airport. Open to the public.

4:15 pm: Pilot briefing for Monmouth Prime Beef Festival Parade fly-over. Fly-In seminar tent, Galesburg Municipal Airport.

5:00 pm: Monmouth Prime Beef Festival Parade fly-over.

6:30 – 8:30 pm: Art Defined. Unleash your creative bent during this first-time event. Jet Air, Inc. hangar, Galesburg Municipal Airport. Click here to register.

Evening: Dine out in Galesburg.

Activities continuing throughout the day:
Narrated tram rides along Stearman flight line (weather permitting) – 10:00 am – 6:00 pm – $1 per person
Poker run, fun flying, buddy hops, hangar flying
Food and Merchandise Vendors
Stearman Rides (click for details)

Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016

9:00 am: Daily pilot briefing, Stearman Fly-In seminar tent, Galesburg Municipal Airport

9:30 am: Seminar, “Ageless Aviation Dreams,” presented by Darryl Fisher, Carson City, NV. Fly-In seminar tent, Galesburg Municipal Airport.

Mid-morning: Fly-out to Gen-Air Park, Geneseo, IL, for lunch. Menu: Grilled pork loin, cheesy potatoes, baked beans, corn on the cob, assorted pies. Price $8

3:30 pm: Seminar, “Stearman Insurance Explained,” presented by Richard “Dick” Packer, Radnor, Ohio. Fly-In seminar tent, Galesburg Municipal Airport.

5:30 pm: Beverage wagon opens, Jet Air Hangar, Galesburg Municipal Airport.

6:30 – 7:30 pm: Pizza party, Jet Air hangar, Galesburg Municipal Airport. Catered by Pizza Hut, Galesburg. Free for Fly-In participants. Sponsored by the Stearman Restorers Association. Charge for beverages.

7:30 pm: Gone West! A remembrance of members of the Stearman community who have passed on during the past year. Jet Air hanag.

7:35 pm: Movie night featuring “The Aviatrix,’ documentary of Stearman pilot Tracey Curtis-Taylor’s 8 ½-week, 10,000-mile flight from Cape Town, South Africa, to Goodwood, Great Britain. Jet Air Hangar. Open to public.

Activities continuing throughout the day:
Narrated tram rides along Stearman flight line (weather permitting) – 10:00 am – 6:00 pm – $1 per person
Poker run, fun flying, buddy hops, hangar flying
Food and Merchandise Vendors
Stearman Rides (click for details)

Friday, Sept. 9, 2016

9:00 am: Daily pilot briefing, Stearman Fly-In seminar tent, Galesburg Municipal Airport

9:30 am: Stearman Restorers Association annual meeting, Fly-In seminar tent, Galesburg Municipal Airport. SRA President Ken McCullough, Upland, CA, presiding.

10:30 am – 2:00 pm: Picnic fly-out.

2:30 pm: Briefing for short field take-off, flour bombing and spot landing contests, Fly-In seminar tent.

3:00 pm: Short field take-off, flour bombing and spot landing contests, Galesburg Municipal Airport.

6:00 pm: Beverage wagon opens, Jet Air Hangar, Galesburg Municipal Airport.

7:00 – 8:00 pm: Friday night dinner at Jet Air Hangar, Galesburg Municipal Airport. Catered by Big Catz, Knoxville. Menu: Sliced brisket, potato salad, pasta salad, tossed salad, apple sauce, green beans with onions and bacon, cornbread. Tickets $15. Beverages additional.
Tickets, on sale at the Fly-In office, should be purchased by Thursday, Sept. 8

8:00 pm: “Bird in a Biplane.” British-born pilot Tracey Curtis-Taylor discusses her long-distance flying adventures in a Stearman. Jet Air Hangar, Galesburg Municipal Airport. Open to public.

Activities continuing throughout the day:
Narrated tram rides along Stearman flight line (weather permitting) – 10:00 am – 6:00 pm – $1 per person
Poker run, fun flying, buddy hops, hangar flying
Food and Merchandise Vendors
Stearman Rides (click for details)

Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016

6:39 am: Dawn Patrol flights launch for Southeast Iowa Regional Airport, Burlington.

7:00-10:00 am: 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.

***Stearman Super Saturday Events***
1:00 – 3:00 pm:
Kids’ balsa airplane flying contest. Free!
Three age groups — 3 to 5, 6 to 9, and 10 to 12. Best landings put contestants in a drawing for prizes.
Conducted by the Young Professionals of Galesburg. Jet Air hangar, Galesburg Municipal Airport.
1:00 pm: Formation Flying contest briefing at Stearman Fly-In seminar tent, Galesburg Municipal Airport.
1:30 pm: Formation flying contest, Galesburg Municipal Airport.
2:30 pm: Stearman Aerobatics, a demonstration of the airplane’s capabilities, flown by David Brown, Warrenton, VA.
3:00 pm: Parade of Flight, a narrated airborne history of Stearman aircraft, over Galesburg Municipal Airport.
***Stearman Super Saturday Events***

7:00 pm: National Stearman Fly-In Annual Banquet and Awards Presentations at Jet Air Hangar, Galesburg Municipal Airport. Serving until 8:00 pm Catered by Cerar’s Barnstormer, Monmouth. Menu: Prime rib, parmesan-crusted chicken, cheesy potatoes, fruit salad, broccoli salad, corn, rolls and butter. Tickets $25. Beverages additional. Awards sponsored in part with a donation by an Anonymous Galesburg Resident.
Tickets, on sale at the Fly-In office, should be purchased by Friday, Sept. 9

Activities continuing throughout the day:
Narrated tram rides along Stearman flight line (weather permitting) – 10:00 am – 6:00 pm – $1 per person
Poker run, fun flying, buddy hops, hangar flying
Food and Merchandise Vendors
Stearman Rides (click for details)

Fly-In officially ends

Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016

Fly-Out Breakfast – 7:00 – 11:00 am: It’s a Galesburg tradition. Get up early to see Stearman aircraft depart for home. All-you-can-eat breakfast served by Galesburg Noon Lions Club at Jet Air hangar, Galesburg Municipal Airport. Menu: Pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, coffee, milk, orange juice. Adults $7, children 12 and under $3.

Awards Categories 2016

National Stearman Fly-In Awards Information

Click here for a full list of 2016 contest results

The National Stearman Fly-In will present the following aircraft awards at the 45th National Stearman Fly-In Sept. 5-10, 2016.

2016 Awards Categories
• Early Bird (first arrival)
• Longest Cross-country
• Youngest Stearman Pilot
• Most Vintage Stearman Pilot (oldest Stearman pilot)
• Rescue Drop (flour bombing)
• Short Field Take-Off (Stock, 275-300 Horsepower, and 450 Horsepower categories)
• Accuracy Landing
• Four-Ship Formation Competition
• Poker Run
• Newest Restoration
• Hard Luck Award
• Stearman Most in Need of Restoration
• Kaydet Award (for excellence in restoration of Army Stearmans)
• Yellow Peril Award (for excellence in restoration of Navy Stearmans)
• Best Civilian (for excellence in restoration of civilian Stearmans)
• Best Custom (for creativity and workmanship on custom Stearmans)
• Best Military Custom (for creativity and workmanship on military custom Stearmans)
• The Lloyd Stearman Award: Presented to a Stearman documented to be of significant importance in the Stearman Aircraft Company’s history, or one that has been restored to replicate or preserve the historic accuracy of a civilian or military Stearman.

All Stearman aircraft attending the Fly-In will be judged.

Judging will be conducted throughout the entire Fly-In week.

Pilots and Planes

For the 2016 list of registrants and airplanes at the 45th National Stearman Fly-In, Click HERE

 

Stay Connected:

Telephone: 309-343-6409

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

National Stearman Fly-In NFP Inc.
307 Lloyd Stearman Dr.
Galesburg, IL 61401

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National Stearman Fly-In

 

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