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.
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.
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.
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)
“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)
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.
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.