Photos 2016

Monday
Participants in the National Stearman Fly’-In’s inaugural 5K Runway Incursion leave the starting line at 7 a.m. Monday, Sept. 5, 2016, at Galesburg Municipal Airport. A total of 150 persons registered for the race; 137 finished the event.

Participants in the National Stearman Fly’-In’s inaugural 5K Runway Incursion leave the starting line at 7 a.m. Monday, Sept. 5, 2016, at Galesburg Municipal Airport. A total of 150 persons registered for the race; 137 finished the event.


Participants in the Stearman 5k Runway Incursion followed a 3.11-mile course laid out on Galesburg Municipal Airport’s runways and taxiways. The field was closed to aircraft during the event.

Participants in the Stearman 5k Runway Incursion followed a 3.11-mile course laid out on Galesburg Municipal Airport’s runways and taxiways. The field was closed to aircraft during the event.


Adults and youngsters enjoyed a 3.11-mile run or walk – the Stearman 5K Runway Incursion – on Monday, Sept. 5, 2016, at Galesburg Municipal Airport.

Adults and youngsters enjoyed a 3.11-mile run or walk – the Stearman 5K Runway Incursion – on Monday, Sept. 5, 2016, at Galesburg Municipal Airport.


Judy Timmons of Galesburg – wearing number 610 – always can be counted on to finish what she starts, family members say. She walked the 3.11-mile 5K Runway Incursion course on Monday, and crossed the finish line supported by nine family members. Twenty Timmons family members participated in the event.

Judy Timmons of Galesburg – wearing number 610 – always can be counted on to finish what she starts, family members say. She walked the 3.11-mile 5K Runway Incursion course on Monday, and crossed the finish line supported by nine family members. Twenty Timmons family members participated in the event.


Galesburg on Track hosted a message board during Monday’s Stearman 5K Runway Incursion at the municipal airport, inviting runners to jot comments detailing what they like about the city.

Galesburg on Track hosted a message board during Monday’s Stearman 5K Runway Incursion at the municipal airport, inviting runners to jot comments detailing what they like about the city.


Monmouth Flying Club members served a pancake breakfast for participants in the Stearman 5K Runway Incursion Monday morning, Sept. 5, 2016.

Monmouth Flying Club members served a pancake breakfast for participants in the Stearman 5K Runway Incursion Monday morning, Sept. 5, 2016.


Toby Fleisher, Galesburg, was the top male finisher in Monday’s Stearman 5K Runway Incursion. He finished the 3.11-mile course in just over 18 minutes, six seconds – 18:06:59. Top woman finisher was Carmen Peterson, Galesburg, with a tim3 of 23:50:40.

Toby Fleisher, Galesburg, was the top male finisher in Monday’s Stearman 5K Runway Incursion. He finished the 3.11-mile course in just over 18 minutes, six seconds – 18:06:59. Top woman finisher was Carmen Peterson, Galesburg, with a tim3 of 23:50:40.


George Carter, left, of Galesburg, was second-place top male in Monday’s Stearman 5K Runway incursion with a time of 18:53:91. Second-place top woman finished was Teresa Thompson, Galesburg, with a time of 25:20:89. Ted Bevenour, right, was emcee at the awards ceremony.

George Carter, left, of Galesburg, was second-place top male in Monday’s Stearman 5K Runway incursion with a time of 18:53:91. Second-place top woman finished was Teresa Thompson, Galesburg, with a time of 25:20:89. Ted Bevenour, right, was emcee at the awards ceremony.


Herb Clark of Weirsdale, FL, is exhibiting a rarely-seen airplane at the 45th National Stearman Fly-In this week at Galesburg Municipal Airport. The plane is a clipped-wing PT-17, redesigned by an airshow pilot to promote his agricultural flying school in Mississippi.

Herb Clark of Weirsdale, FL, is exhibiting a rarely-seen airplane at the 45th National Stearman Fly-In this week at Galesburg Municipal Airport. The plane is a clipped-wing PT-17, redesigned by an airshow pilot to promote his agricultural flying school in Mississippi.


Johnny Dorr was an instructor in Mississippi, teaching British cadets how to fly, during World War II. He thought of ways to improve the biplane’s performance, worked on creating his ideal Stearman for two years and, starting in 1951, was the only pilot to fly it on the air show circuit.

Johnny Dorr was an instructor in Mississippi, teaching British cadets how to fly, during World War II. He thought of ways to improve the biplane’s performance, worked on creating his ideal Stearman for two years and, starting in 1951, was the only pilot to fly it on the air show circuit.


Johnny Dorr’s clipped-wing Stearman was put into storage in 1979, and remained there for the next 36 years. He reportedly was determined to to the only person to fly the plane. He died in 1987 at age 74. The plane was sold by Dorr’s estate in 2014 to a buyer in Texas, and then in July 2015 to Herb Clark in Florida. Clark restored the plane and it was issued a new Experimental Airworthiness certificate in February 2016

Johnny Dorr’s clipped-wing Stearman was put into storage in 1979, and remained there
for the next 36 years. He reportedly was determined to to the only person to fly the plane. He died in 1987 at age 74. The plane was sold by Dorr’s estate in 2014 to a buyer in Texas, and then in July 2015 to Herb Clark in Florida. Clark restored the plane and it was issued a new Experimental Airworthiness certificate in February 2016


Airshow pilot Johnny Dorr didn’t allow people to look inside the cockpit of his modified Stearman. Current owner Herb Clark provides an easy glimpse inside with these pictures which are displayed next to the plane

Airshow pilot Johnny Dorr didn’t allow people to look inside the cockpit of his modified Stearman. Current owner Herb Clark provides an easy glimpse inside with these pictures which are displayed next to the plane


Jerry Yellin, Champions Gate, FL, was keynote speaker Monday night for the 45th National Stearman Fly-In at Galesburg Municipal Airport. Now 92, Yellin was 18 years old when he was selected for pilot training in 1942. He flew combat missions in a P-51 fighter at Iwo Jima and over Japan. On Monday morning he did a TV interview, above, and later got some “stick time” in a Stearman and an AT-6 advanced trainer.

Jerry Yellin, Champions Gate, FL, was keynote speaker Monday night for the 45th National Stearman Fly-In at Galesburg Municipal Airport. Now 92, Yellin was 18 years old when he was selected for pilot training in 1942. He flew combat missions in a P-51 fighter at Iwo Jima and over Japan. On Monday morning he did a TV interview, above, and later got some “stick time” in a Stearman and an AT-6 advanced trainer.

Tuesday
Vanessa Jago, Oshkosh, WI, is attending her first National Stearman Fly-In this week at Galesburg Municipal Airport. A pilot for a major airline, she flies the Boeing 747 on international and domestic trips. She’s accumulated 12,000 hours of flight time.

Vanessa Jago, Oshkosh, WI, is attending her first National Stearman Fly-In this week at Galesburg Municipal Airport. A pilot for a major airline, she flies the Boeing 747 on international and domestic trips. She’s accumulated 12,000 hours of flight time.


Vanessa Jago bought her Stearman E75N1, which was restored by Fred Wright, formerly of Iverness, IL. She met Wright when he was having some radio repairs done, and mostly “as a compliment’ asked if he might be willing to sell. A month later, Wright sent an e-mail asking if she was interested in buying. She responded “of course!”

Vanessa Jago bought her Stearman E75N1, which was restored by Fred Wright, formerly of Iverness, IL. She met Wright when he was having some radio repairs done, and mostly “as a compliment’ asked if he might be willing to sell. A month later, Wright sent an e-mail asking if she was interested in buying. She responded “of course!”


Vanessa Jago started going to airports as a youngster in New Zealand. When her family emigrated to Canada, she joined the Royal Canadian Air Cadets and learned to fly – gliders at 16, and a private certificate at 17. She didn’t start driving cars until she was 22.

Vanessa Jago started going to airports as a youngster in New Zealand. When her family emigrated to Canada, she joined the Royal Canadian Air Cadets and learned to fly – gliders at 16, and a private certificate at 17. She didn’t start driving cars until she was 22.


Fred Wright chose the buzz number “75” when he restored the Stearman now owned by Vanessa Jago. She also owns a Cessna140 and an AT-6 and, for the moment, is “out of money and hangar space.”

Fred Wright chose the buzz number “75” when he restored the Stearman now owned by Vanessa Jago. She also owns a Cessna140 and an AT-6 and, for the moment, is “out of money and hangar space.”


Vanessa Jago’s Stearman, restored by former Illinoisan Fred Wright, was manufactured on Jan. 1, 1943. The N2S-5 means it was assigned to the U.S, Navy.

Vanessa Jago’s Stearman, restored by former Illinoisan Fred Wright, was manufactured on Jan. 1, 1943. The N2S-5 means it was assigned to the U.S, Navy.


Richard and Pam Bartlet, Carthage, MO, arrived in Galeburg Tuesday for the 45th National Stearman Fly-In in the plane she’s owned for 25 years.

Richard and Pam Bartlet, Carthage, MO, arrived in Galeburg Tuesday for the 45th National Stearman Fly-In in the plane she’s owned for 25 years.


Missouri pilot Pam Bartlett’s N2S-3 Navy Stearman is powered by a 220-horsepower Continental engine. She and husband Richard are long-time National Stearman Fly-In participants.

Missouri pilot Pam Bartlet’s N2S-3 Navy Stearman is powered by a 220-horsepower Continental engine. She and husband Richard are long-time National Stearman Fly-In participants.


Richard Bartlet is busy cleaning the propeller on wife Pam’s N2S-3 Navy Stearman after a flight to Galesburg from Carthage, MO. Removal of deceased “fellow aviators” is a summertime routine for vintage airplane enthusiasts.

Richard Bartlet is busy cleaning the propeller on wife Pam’s N2S-3 Navy Stearman after a flight to Galesburg from Carthage, MO. Removal of deceased “fellow aviators” is a summertime routine for vintage airplane enthusiasts.


Pam Bartlett’s N2S03 Navy Stearman is powered by a 220-horsepower Continental engine. A plane’s buzz number – in this case it’s 603 – is supposed to make it easy to identify from the ground.

Pam Bartlet’s N2S03 Navy Stearman is powered by a 220-horsepower Continental engine. A plane’s buzz number – in this case it’s 603 – is supposed to make it easy to identify from the ground.


Madonna and Merrill McMahan, Wausau, WI, found their Stearman’s wing provided a cool place to relax during Tuesday’s warm, sultry weather. They’ve been coming to the National Stearman Fly-In in Galesburg since 1982 – except for a seven-year hiatus starting in 1994 when they were restoring another plane.

Madonna and Merrill McMahan, Wausau, WI, found their Stearman’s wing provided a cool place to relax during Tuesday’s warm, sultry weather. They’ve been coming to the National Stearman Fly-In in Galesburg since 1982 – except for a seven-year hiatus starting in 1994 when they were restoring another plane.


This Stearman Aircraft Company logo adorns the empennage of Stearman 53040, owned by Madonna and Merrill McMahan, Wausau, WI.

This Stearman Aircraft Company logo adorns the empennage of Stearman 53040, owned by Madonna and Merrill McMahan, Wausau, WI.


The red-and-white tail on the Stearman PT-17 owned by Madonna and Merrill McMahan is a distinctive paint scheme at the National Stearman Fly-In.

The red-and-white tail on the Stearman PT-17 owned by Madonna and Merrill McMahan is a distinctive paint scheme at the National Stearman Fly-In.

Wednesday
Stearman N75007, owned by James Draper, Lakeview, MI, evokes thoughts of fictional British Secret Service agent James Bond. The PT-13 Stearman was built in 1936 in Wichita, KS.

Stearman N75007, owned by James Draper, Lakeview, MI, evokes thoughts of fictional British Secret Service agent James Bond. The PT-13 Stearman was built in 1936 in Wichita, KS.


The “buzz number” on James Draper’s Stearman – 007 – combines with a handgun to conjure up the late author Ian Fleming’s fictional British Secret Service agent James Bond.

The “buzz number” on James Draper’s Stearman – 007 – combines with a handgun to conjure up the late author Ian Fleming’s fictional British Secret Service agent James Bond.


The tail of James Draper’s Stearman sports a martini glass with two olives, but James Bond may not have ordered it. The fiction MI6 agent preferred his drink with lemon peel and “shaken, not stirred.”

The tail of James Draper’s Stearman sports a martini glass with two olives, but James Bond may not have ordered it. The fiction MI6 agent preferred his drink with lemon peel and “shaken, not stirred.”


The 007 Stearman also features a martini glass with the outline of a “Bond girl” lounging inside.

The 007 Stearman also features a martini glass with the outline of a “Bond girl” lounging inside.


James Draper, a retired dentist, and his wife Sue are among participants in the 45th National Stearman Fly-In under way at Galesburg Municipal Airport.

James Draper, a retired dentist, and his wife Sue are among participants in the 45th National Stearman Fly-In under way at Galesburg Municipal Airport.


Pilots Wallace and Brandon Lail, Duluth, GA, introduced the 24 students in Heidi Abernathy’s 4th grade class to the Stearman Model 75 Wednesday at Kewanee Municipal Airport. The visit was part of a flyout to Kewanee for lunch. A total of 130 4th-graders students from Kewanee’s Central Elementary School came to the airport.

Pilots Wallace and Brandon Lail, Duluth, GA, introduced the 24 students in Heidi Abernathy’s 4th grade class to the Stearman Model 75 Wednesday at Kewanee Municipal Airport. The visit was part of a flyout to Kewanee for lunch. A total of 130 4th-graders students from Kewanee’s Central Elementary School came to the airport.


A dozen students in Emily Saey’s 4th- and 5th-grade class at Central Elementary School, Kewanee, got a “hands on” lesson about Stearman airplanes from pilot Old Bob Siegfried, Downers Grove, IL. Siegfried encouraged the youngsters to touch his airplane to better understand how it was constructed.

A dozen students in Emily Saey’s 4th- and 5th-grade class at Central Elementary School, Kewanee, got a “hands on” lesson about Stearman airplanes from pilot Old Bob Siegfried, Downers Grove, IL. Siegfried encouraged the youngsters to touch his airplane to better understand how it was constructed.


Thelma Jean and Old Bob Siegfried, Downers Grove, IL, gave grade school students a close-up look at the iconic Stearman biplane Wednesday at Kewanee Municipal Airport. The visit was part of the 45th National Stearman Fly-In underway in Galesburg.

Thelma Jean and Old Bob Siegfried, Downers Grove, IL, gave grade school students a close-up look at the iconic Stearman biplane Wednesday at Kewanee Municipal Airport. The visit was part of the 45th National Stearman Fly-In underway in Galesburg.


George Farnsworth, who learned to fly in a Stearman during World War II, discussed his training days during a speech Wednesday afternoon at Galesburg Municipal Airport, Farnsworth, now 92, was 18 when he joined the Army Air Corps, and attained the rank of captain. He flew fighters and bombers.

George Farnsworth, who learned to fly in a Stearman during World War II, discussed his training days during a speech Wednesday afternoon at Galesburg Municipal Airport, Farnsworth, now 92, was 18 when he joined the Army Air Corps, and attained the rank of captain. He flew fighters and bombers.


Jim Ashley, left, of Saluda, SC, and World War II veteran George Farnsworth, chat after Farnsworth spoke Wednesday afternoon during the 45th National Stearman Fly-In. Farnsworth still is an active pilot, and divides his time between homes in Hilton Head, SC, and Lake Geneva, WI.

Jim Ashley, left, of Saluda, SC, and World War II veteran George Farnsworth, chat after Farnsworth spoke Wednesday afternoon during the 45th National Stearman Fly-In. Farnsworth still is an active pilot, and divides his time between homes in Hilton Head, SC, and Lake Geneva, WI.


Tabatha Harders, Cairo, NE, works on her painting of a Stearman during an Art Defined activity Wednesday night at Galesburg Municipal Airport. A total of 61 people registered for the event, one of the activities planned for the 45th National Stearman Fly-In under way this week.

Tabatha Harders, Cairo, NE, works on her painting of a Stearman during an Art Defined activity Wednesday night at Galesburg Municipal Airport. A total of 61 people registered for the event, one of the activities planned for the 45th National Stearman Fly-In under way this week.


John Pike of Big Sky Stearman, Oregon City, OR, unleashed his creative talents Wednesday night during an Art Defined activity at Galesburg Municipal Airport. Pike is a vendor at the 45th National Stearman Fly-In.

John Pike of Big Sky Stearman, Oregon City, OR, unleashed his creative talents Wednesday night during an Art Defined activity at Galesburg Municipal Airport. Pike is a vendor at the 45th National Stearman Fly-In.


Stephanie Rewinkle, Peoria, works on her rendition of the Chicago skyline before adding a Stearman to the painting. She was among the 61 people who took part in an Art Defined activity during the 45th National Stearman Fly-In.

Stephanie Rewinkle, Peoria, works on her rendition of the Chicago skyline before adding a Stearman to the painting. She was among the 61 people who took part in an Art Defined activity during the 45th National Stearman Fly-In.

Thursday
Pilots Tyson H Whittock, left, and Ed Kornfield, both of Anchorage, AK, arrived at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016, for the 45th National Stearman Flly-In at Galesburg Municipal Airport. Whittock said the 3,900-mile-long trip extended over six days, of which five were “good” flying days.

Pilots Tyson H Whittock, left, and Ed Kornfield, both of Anchorage, AK, arrived at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016, for the 45th National Stearman Flly-In at Galesburg Municipal Airport. Whittock said the 3,900-mile-long trip extended over six days, of which five were “good” flying days.


Tyson Whittock found the Stearman restoration project he wanted in Bozeman, MT. He offered the owner of the “pretty awful” plane $20,000. The owner countered with a price of $5,000. Whittock accepted, used the rest of the money to buy a truck and trailer, and took the plane home to Alaska.

Tyson Whittock found the Stearman restoration project he wanted in Bozeman, MT. He offered the owner of the “pretty awful” plane $20,000. The owner countered with a price of $5,000. Whittock accepted, used the rest of the money to buy a truck and trailer, and took the plane home to Alaska.


Tyson Whittock says he chose the “buzz number” 314 for his newly restored Stearman because the digits keep cropping up in his life. He says his is the only Stearman in Anchorage.

Tyson Whittock says he chose the “buzz number” 314 for his newly restored Stearman because the digits keep cropping up in his life. He says his is the only Stearman in Anchorage.


Stearman N5176N arrived safely in Galesburg, says owner Tyson Whittock, thanks to the help of co-pilot Ed Kornfield. “He’s far more into this than I am,” Whittock says.

Stearman N5176N arrived safely in Galesburg, says owner Tyson Whittock, thanks to the help of co-pilot Ed Kornfield. “He’s far more into this than I am,” Whittock says.


A snow monkey rides on the wing of Tyson Whittock’s Stearman. Its tail stands straight up when the plane is in flight, Whittock attests.

A snow monkey rides on the wing of Tyson Whittock’s Stearman. Its tail stands straight up when the plane is in flight, Whittock attests.


The Galesburg 12, a group of women Stearman pilots funded in 2009, meets once a year during the National Stearman Fly-In. Attending Thursday’s meeting were, from left, Marie Spear, Salem, WI; new members Tracey Curtis-Taylor of Great Britain and Vanessa Jago, Oshkosh, WI; Madonna McMahan, Wausau, WI; Diane Sokolowski, Clear Lake, IA, and Jeanne Reed, Weirsdale, FL.

The Galesburg 12, a group of women Stearman pilots funded in 2009, meets once a year during the National Stearman Fly-In. Attending Thursday’s meeting were, from left, Marie Spear, Salem, WI; new members Tracey Curtis-Taylor of Great Britain and Vanessa Jago, Oshkosh, WI; Madonna McMahan, Wausau, WI; Diane Sokolowski, Clear Lake, IA, and Jeanne Reed, Weirsdale, FL.


Ageless Aviation Dreams is a program which give Stearman rides to elderly veterans. Darryl Fisher, Carson City, NV, explained the program during a presentation Thursday morning at the 45th National Stearman Fly-In.

Ageless Aviation Dreams is a program which give Stearman rides to elderly veterans. Darryl Fisher, Carson City, NV, explained the program during a presentation Thursday morning at the 45th National Stearman Fly-In.


It’s not easy for an elderly person to get into the seat of a Stearman. But with almost 2,000 rides given to veterans, Ageless Aviation Dreams has learned how to help. Seminar speaker Darryl Fisher demonstrated what pilots have learned over time.

It’s not easy for an elderly person to get into the seat of a Stearman. But with almost
2,000 rides given to veterans, Ageless Aviation Dreams has learned how to help. Seminar speaker Darryl Fisher demonstrated what pilots have learned over time.


Retired Stearman restorer Pete Reed of Weirsdale, FL, center, was reunited with a plane he restored in 2002 during a visit Thursday to the National Stearman Fly-In. Reed was flown in the plane by Dean Maupin, left, of Davenport, IA. Don Grundstrom, right, of Eldridge, IA, owns the plane.

Retired Stearman restorer Pete Reed of Weirsdale, FL, center, was reunited with a plane he restored in 2002 during a visit Thursday to the National Stearman Fly-In. Reed was flown in the plane by Dean Maupin, left, of Davenport, IA. Don Grundstrom, right, of Eldridge, IA, owns the plane.


Wednesday’s rain caused Thursday’s problem for some pilots attending the National Stearman Fly-in – wet magnetos mean engines won’t start. Working on one troubled plane Thursday were, from left, Pete Spear, Phillip Wolford, owner Chuck Fogle, and Jim Fassino.

Wednesday’s rain caused Thursday’s problem for some pilots attending the National Stearman Fly-in – wet magnetos mean engines won’t start. Working on one troubled plane Thursday were, from left, Pete Spear, Phillip Wolford, owner Chuck Fogle, and Jim Fassino.


Pete Spear, Salem, WI, uses a heat gun to dry the magnetos on pilot Chuck Fogle’s airplane Thursday afternoon at Galesburg Municipal Airport. Fogle is from Neeses, SC.

Pete Spear, Salem, WI, uses a heat gun to dry the magnetos on pilot Chuck Fogle’s airplane Thursday afternoon at Galesburg Municipal Airport. Fogle is from Neeses, SC.

Friday
Ken McCullough, Upland, CA, will retire at the end of 2016 as president of the Stearman Restorers Association. McCullough and his wife Louise, who assisted him during his tenure, were honored during the organization’s annual meeting Friday morning at Galesburg Municipal Airport.

Ken McCullough, Upland, CA, will retire at the end of 2016 as president of the Stearman Restorers Association. McCullough and his wife Louise, who assisted him during his tenure, were honored during the organization’s annual meeting Friday morning at Galesburg Municipal Airport.


This plaque was presented to Ken and Louis McCullough for their leadership of the Stearman Restorers Association since 2009. SRA’s primary focus is on the history and technical aspects of restoring the World War II-era biplane trainers.

This plaque was presented to Ken and Louis McCullough for their leadership of the Stearman Restorers Association since 2009. SRA’s primary focus is on the history and technical aspects of restoring the World War II-era biplane trainers.


Newly-elected officers of the Stearman Restorers Association include, from left, Brian Rosenstein, secretary; Ken McCullough, immediate past president; Mike Rutledge, president; Gary Oberti, vice president, and Mike Porter, historian. The election was held Friday morning during the National Stearman Fly-In at Galesburg Municipal Airport.

Newly-elected officers of the Stearman Restorers Association include, from left, Brian Rosenstein, secretary; Ken McCullough; immediate past president; Mike Rutledge, president; Gary Oberti, vice president; Brian Aukes, treasurer, and Mike Porter, historian. The election was held Friday morning during the National Stearman Fly-In at Galesburg Municipal Airport.


A “Red Baron” Stearman, N802RB, owned by Don Grundstrom, Eldridge, IA, flies near Abingdon, IL, on Friday morning, Sept. 9, 2016.

A “Red Baron” Stearman, N802RB, owned by Don Grundstrom, Eldridge, IA, flies near Abingdon, IL, on Friday morning, Sept. 9, 2016.


Visitors at the Wolford farm near Abingdon, IL, line up for lunch inside a machine shed Friday, Sept. 9, 2016. Many of the guests flew their airplanes and landed on the Wolford family’s grass runway.

Visitors at the Wolford farm near Abingdon, IL, line up for lunch inside a machine shed Friday, Sept. 9, 2016. Many of the guests flew their airplanes and landed on the Wolford family’s grass runway.


Stearman N46819, a PT-18 owned by Brandon and Wallace Lail Dawsonville, GA, takes off from the Wolford family farm’s grass runway on Sept. 9, 2016.

Stearman N46819, a PT-18 owned by Brandon and Wallace Lail Dawsonville, GA, takes off from the Wolford family farm’s grass runway on Sept. 9, 2016.


British aviator-adventurer Tracey Curtis-Taylor learned to fly in a Piper Cub. She flew from Abingdon to Galesburg Municipal Airport on Friday afternoon, Sept. 9, 2016, with Brian Vallero of Galesburg, who owns the Cub behind them.

British aviator-adventurer Tracey Curtis-Taylor learned to fly in a Piper Cub. She flew from Abingdon to Galesburg Municipal Airport on Friday afternoon, Sept. 9, 2016, with Brian Vallero of Galesburg, who owns the Cub behind them.


A “Red Baron” Stearman leaves a tail of smoke as it climbs into the gray sky Friday afternoon, Sept. 9, 2016, near Abingdon, IL.

A “Red Baron” Stearman leaves a tail of smoke as it climbs into the gray sky Friday afternoon, Sept. 9, 2016, near Abingdon, IL.


Tracey Curtis-Taylor, who’s flown a Stearman biplane from Cape Town, South Africa, to London, and then from London to Australia, described her adventures Friday night, Sept. 9, 2016, during the 45th National Stearman Fly-In at Galesburg Municipal Airport.

Tracey Curtis-Taylor, who’s flown a Stearman biplane from Cape Town, South Africa, to London, and then from London to Australia, described her adventures Friday night, Sept. 9, 2016, during the 45th National Stearman Fly-In at Galesburg Municipal Airport.

Saturday
Tyson H. Whittock, center, claimed the “tired butt award” for the greatest distance flown from his home airport to Galesburg, IL, Municipal Airport for the 45th National Stearman Fly-In. Whittock, with friend and co-pilot Ed Kornfield, right, traveled 3,900 miles in six days, coming from Anchorage, AK. Mike Lowe, left, Fly-In board member and awards chairman, said the distance was the all-time record.

Tyson H. Whittock, center, claimed the “tired butt award” for the greatest distance flown from his home airport to Galesburg, IL, Municipal Airport for the 45th National Stearman Fly-In. Whittock, with friend and co-pilot Ed Kornfield, right, traveled 3,900 miles in six days, coming from Anchorage, AK. Mike Lowe, left, Fly-In board member and awards chairman, said the distance was the all-time record.


“Old Bob” Siegfried, right, Downers Grove, IL, was the “Most Vintage Pilot” participating in the 45th National Stearman Fly-In at Galesburg Municipal Airport Sept. 5-10. He was given the award by Mike Lowe, left.

“Old Bob” Siegfried, right, Downers Grove, IL, was the “Most Vintage Pilot” participating in the 45th National Stearman Fly-In at Galesburg Municipal Airport Sept. 5-10. He was given the award by Mike Lowe, left.


Brett Anderson, left, Burnsville, MN, was the youngest pilot to fly a Stearman into the 45th National Stearman Fly-In. Anderson, 26, was presented his award by Mike Lowe, Fly-In board member and contest chairman. Anderson also won the “Early Bird” award, arriving in Galesburg on Sept. 1, 2016. This was Anderson’s first time attending the Fly-In.

Brett Anderson, left, Burnsville, MN, was the youngest pilot to fly a Stearman into the 45th National Stearman Fly-In. Anderson, 26, was presented his award by Mike Lowe, Fly-In board member and contest chairman. Anderson also won the “Early Bird” award, arriving in Galesburg on Sept. 1, 2016. This was Anderson’s first time attending the Fly-In.


Four teams entered the 45th National Stearman Fly-In’s formation flying contest, and Spartan Flight was announced as the winner during an awards banquet Saturday Night, Sept. 10, 2016, at Galesburg Municipal Airport. From left are Bob Pingston, flight leader,  Chuck Marshall, Cal Tax and Rick Lutes.

Four teams entered the 45th National Stearman Fly-In’s formation flying contest, and Spartan Flight was announced as the winner during an awards banquet Saturday Night, Sept. 10, 2016, at Galesburg Municipal Airport. From left are Bob Pingston, flight leader,
Chuck Marshall, Cal Tax and Rick Lutes.


Seventy youngsters participated in the National Stearman Fly-In’s balsa airplane toss Saturday afternoon, Sept 10, 2016, in the Jet Air, Inc. hangar at Galesburg Municipal Airport. Those who landed their plane in the target area qualified for a drawing to win Airplane rides and other prizes.

Seventy youngsters participated in the National Stearman Fly-In’s balsa airplane toss Saturday afternoon, Sept 10, 2016, in the Jet Air, Inc. hangar at Galesburg Municipal Airport. Those who landed their plane in the target area qualified for a drawing to win Airplane rides and other prizes.


British aviator and adventurer Tracey Curtis-Taylor, left, who was featured speaker during the 45th National Stearman Fly-in, was one of the successful bidders Sept. 10, 2016, in a silent auction to raise funds for the annual event. At right is Harrel W. Timmons, the Fly-In board member who was in charge of the auction.

British aviator and adventurer Tracey Curtis-Taylor, left, who was featured speaker during the 45th National Stearman Fly-in, was one of the successful bidders Sept. 10, 2016, in a silent auction to raise funds for the annual event. At right is Harrel W. Timmons, the Fly-In board member who was in charge of the auction.


A U.S. Army Air Corps Stearman starts up on the flight line Saturday morning, Sept. 10, 2016, during the 45th National Stearman Fly-In at Galesburg Municipal Airport.

A U.S. Army Air Corps Stearman starts up on the flight line Saturday morning, Sept. 10, 2016, during the 45th National Stearman Fly-In at Galesburg Municipal Airport.


Paul Fries, Buffalo Grove, IL, gets airborne in his Stearman PT-17, N347KF, during the 45th National Stearman Fly-In. (Brian Rosenstein photo)

Paul Fries, Buffalo Grove, IL, gets airborne in his Stearman PT-17, N347KF, during the 45th National Stearman Fly-In. (Brian Rosenstein photo)


“The Beast” – Stearman N5413N – is one of the few, if not the only, Stearman crop duster still flying. It’s owned by Michigan brothers Al and Mike Schiffer, who own an aerial spraying business. Many surplus Stearmans were converted to sprayers and dusters after World War II and, after being retired, have been restored to their original training configurations.

“The Beast” – Stearman N5413N – is one of the few, if not the only, Stearman crop duster still flying. It’s owned by Michigan brothers Al and Mike Schiffer, who own an aerial spraying business. Many surplus Stearmans were converted to sprayers and dusters after World War II and, after being retired, have been restored to their original training configurations.


Stearman N5413N, foreground, which was converted to a crop duster after World War II, flies in formation with N45453, a modern Air Tractor 502 operated by Curless Flying Service, Astoria, IL. Pilot Mike Rutledge, West Point, NY, in the Air Tractor for this photo, brought both airplanes to the 45th National Stearman Fly-In in Galesburg. (Brian Rosenstein photo)

Stearman N5413N, foreground, which was converted to a crop duster after World War II, flies in formation with N45453, a modern Air Tractor 502 operated by Curless Flying Service, Astoria, IL. Pilot Mike Rutledge, West Point, NY, in the Air Tractor for this photo, brought both airplanes to the 45th National Stearman Fly-In in Galesburg. (Brian Rosenstein photo)


Members of the Spoon River Antique Agricultural Association Inc. exhibited tractors during the 45th National Stearman Fly-In Sept. 5-10, 2016, at Galesburg Municipal Airport.

Members of the Spoon River Antique Agricultural Association Inc. exhibited tractors during the 45th National Stearman Fly-In Sept. 5-10, 2016, at Galesburg Municipal Airport.


This 1959 John Deere 730 diesel, owned by Myron and Iris Hovind, Abingdon, IL, was among the last in a storied line of the two-cylinder tractors produced by the Moline, IL-based company.

This 1959 John Deere 730 diesel, owned by Myron and Iris Hovind, Abingdon, IL, was among the last in a storied line of the two-cylinder tractors produced by the Moline, IL-based company.


The John Deere logo, a leaping deer, was trademarked in 1876, but had been in use for three years before that. The version on the nose of the Hovinds’ tractor first appeared in 1956.

The John Deere logo, a leaping deer, was trademarked in 1876, but had been in use for three years before that. The version on the nose of the Hovinds’ tractor first appeared in 1956.


John Deere’s 2-cylinder tractors have a distinctive “Johnny Pop” sound, whether idling or under load.

John Deere’s 2-cylinder tractors have a distinctive “Johnny Pop” sound, whether idling or under load.

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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