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Schedule of Events for 2014  |  General Information

Total Stearman! Join us Sept. 7-12, 2015, for the 44th National Stearman Fly-In at Galesburg, IL, Municipal Airport

Work is under way on 2015's schedule, and planners promise it will include all the activities that make the National Stearman Fly-In the must-attend event of the year for Stearman owners, restorers and enthusiasts.

Of course, there will be plenty of time to catch up with Stearman friends, to savor the sights and sounds of the largest annual gathering of Stearman aircraft in the world, and to take a nap under the wing of your favorite airplane.

Posted below is the 2014 National Stearman Fly-In schedule. Check back often for updates on plans for 2015.

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Galesburg residents will roll out the welcome mat for the Fly-In's 44th year, and invite visitors to enjoy the attractions of their historic city -- Carl Sandburg's Birthplace, Knox College, fine restaurants and great shopping. For more information about the host community contact:

Galesburg Area Convention & Visitors Bureau
2163 E. Main St.
Galesburg, IL 61401
E-mail: visitors@visitgalesburg.com
Phone: (309) 343-2485


2014 Schedule of Events

Posted March 14, 2014
Updated August 15, 2014


  • Monday, Sept. 1, 2014
  • 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.
    Activities continuing throughout the day:
    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 at Jet Air hangar, Galesburg Municipal Airport. Sponsored by Shotts Auto Machine Shop, Galesburg. Free for Fly-In participants.
    7:30 p.m. Retired World War II Army Air Corps Capt. Jerry Yellin, Fairfield, IA, will be keynote speaker for the 43rd National Stearman Fly-In. He enlisted on his 18th birthday on Feb. 15, 1943, trained in Stearmans during primary at Thunderbird Field, Mesa, AZ, and flew P-51's in the Pacific Theatre. He is the recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross with an Oak Leaf Cluster and the Air Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters. Open to the public; no admission charge.

  • Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014
  • 9 a.m.: Daily pilot briefing, Stearman Fly-In seminar tent, Galesburg Municipal Airport
    Activities continuing throughout the day:
    Poker run.
    Fun flying, buddy hops, hangar flying.
    9:30 a.m.: Seminar, "Stearman Aerobatics," presented by Dave Brown, Warrenton, VA. 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.
    Evening: Dinner at Cerar's Barnstormer Restaurant, Monmouth, IL. Order from menu. Ground transportation available; contact Stearman Fly-In office.

  • Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014
  • 9 a.m.: Daily pilot briefing, Stearman Fly-In seminar tent, Galesburg Municipal Airport
    Activities continuing throughout the day:
    Poker run.
    Fun flying, buddy hops, hangar flying.
    9:30 a.m.: Seminar, "Airman's Medical Certificate Update," 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. Catered lunch at airport. Menu: Italian beef on homemade roll, Kewanee's famous potato salad, baked beans, mixed fruit salad bowl, dessert, iced tea and lemonade. Price $7.
    4 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.
    5:30-9 p.m.: Happy Hour and Reception at Discovery Depot Children's Museum, 128 S. Chambers St., Galesburg. By invitation for National Stearman Fly-In participants and supporters. Sponsored by National Stearman Foundation, Inc. and Friends of the Discovery. Depot
    Evening: Dine out in Galesburg.

  • Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014
  • 9 a.m.: Daily pilot briefing, Stearman Fly-In seminar tent, Galesburg Municipal Airport
    Activities continuing throughout the day:
    Poker run.
    Fun flying, buddy hops, hangar flying.
    9:30 a.m.: Seminar, "Stearman Open Topic Forum," conducted by Bob Swint, Geneseo, IL. 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. Catered lunch at airport. Menu: Rib-eye steak sandwich, baked beans, potato salad, sweet corn, cake. Price $8.
    2 p.m.: Stearman Aerobatic Contest at Gen-Air Park, Geneseo, IL.
    3:30 p.m.: Seminar presented by Ben Redman, Rare Aircraft,
    Faribault, MN. 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. Catered by Pizza Hut, Galesburg. Free for Fly-In participants. Sponsored by Stearman Restorers Association. Charge for beverages
    7:30 p.m.: Gone West! A remembrance of members of the Stearman community who have passed on during the past year.
    7:35 p.m.: Trivia Night at Jet Air hangar, Galesburg Municipal Airport. Form an 8-member team, show off what you know, win bragging rights and prizes in this fact-and-fun-filled game. Free.

  • Friday, Sept. 5, 2014
  • 9 a.m.: Daily pilot briefing, Stearman Fly-In seminar tent, Galesburg Municipal Airport
    Activities continuing throughout the day:
    Poker run.
    Fun flying, buddy hops, hangar flying.
    9:30 a.m.: Stearman Restorers Association annual meeting, Fly-In seminar tent, Galesburg Municipal Airport. SRA President Ken McCullough, Upland, CA, presiding.
    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.: Dinner at Jet Air hangar catered by Thrushwood Farms,
    Galesburg. Menu: Beef brisket, buns, baked beans, potato salad,
    cole slaw, mixed fruit salad. Tickets $15. Beverages additional.
    8 p.m.: Screening of 'Vintage Aircraft' at Jet Air hangar. This 30-
    minute video features pilots and airplanes at the 2013 National
    Stearman Fly-In in Galesburg. Hosted by H. Wayne Wilson, the video was produced by public television station WTVP, Peoria, IL.

  • Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014
  • 6:34 a.m.: Dawn Patrol flights launch for Southeast Iowa Regional Airport, Burlington.
    7-10 a.m.: Dawn Patrol Flight Breakfast at Southeast Iowa Regional Airport. 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. Catered by Hy-Vee, Burlington. Free breakfast for pilot-in-command of each arriving Stearman courtesy of Heartland Harley-Davidson (Bob Knoll), Burlington.
    Activities continuing throughout the day:
    Poker run.
    Fun flying, buddy hops, hangar flying.
    9 a.m.-4 p.m.: Art in the Park, Standish Park Arboretum, downtown Galesburg. Juried fine art and craft fair featuring painters, sculptors, potters, weavers, basket makers, jewelers. Check pilot packet for more information.
    10 a.m.-6 p.m.: Narrated tram rides along Stearman flight line for general public (weather permitting). $1 per person.
    1 p.m.: Fun for Kids. Balsa airplane flying contest for chance to win prizes. 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.
    3:30 p.m.: Seminar. Topic to be arranged. Fly-In seminar tent, Galesburg Municipal Airport.
    7 p.m.: National Stearman Fly-In Annual Banquet and Awards
    Presentations at Jet Air Hangar, Galesburg Municipal Airport. Dinner from 7-8 p.m. catered by Thrushwood Farms. Menu: Carved prime rib, boneless chicken breasts, baked potatoes, corn, tossed salad, pasta salad, dinner rolls. Tickets $25. Beverages additional. Awards sponsored in part with a donation by an Anonymous Galesburg Resident.
    Fly-in officially ends.

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  • Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014
  • 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. Menu: Pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, coffee, milk, orange juice. Adults $6, children $3. Open to the public.

    2014 GENERAL INFORMATION

    Posted March 16, 2014


    How to reach us

    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.

    E-mail: stearman@stearmanflyin.com

    Web site: http://www.stearmanflyin.com

    Mailing address: 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.

    Airport information

    Galesburg Municipal Airport (KGBG): 1.5 miles west of city; elevation 764 feet.

    Paved runways: 03-21, 5,800 x 150 feet, lighted; 10-28, 3,600 x 100 feet, lighted. Grass runway: 03-21L, north of 10-28. Landing pattern: Left, 800 feet.

    Unicom: 123.0: ATC Clearance Delivery: 120.7 Automatic Weather Observation Service (AWOS): continuous on 118.975 or call (309) 342-3711.

    Stearman parking: Tie down to cables in fenced area on northwest corner of field. Bring your own tie-down ropes and stakes.

    Fixed base operator: Jet Air Inc., (309) 342-3134.

    Registration, fees

    Registration: Pilots and visitors may register at the National Stearman Fly-In office at Galesburg Municipal Airport beginning on Monday, Labor Day. 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 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.

    Other charges: Most Fly-In events are open to the general public. Charges, if any, are detailed on the schedule.

    Tram rides

    The general public is invited to take a narrated tram ride along the Stearman flight line. Trams operate daily from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. weather permitting. Fee is $1 a person.

    Shuttle vans, taxis

    Shuttle vans: The National Stearman Fly-In will provide free van shuttle service between the 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.

    Camping

    Area facilties: Lake Storey Allison Campground, (309) 344-1534; Galesburg East Campground, (309) 289-2267; Whispering Oaks Campground, (309) 876-2306.

    A limited number of camping spaces are available at Galesburg Municipal Airport. Contact the National Stearman Fly-In for details.

    Galesburg dining

    Galesburg has more than 60 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 at the Galesburg Area Convention and Visitors Bureau Web site.

    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 43rd 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.


     
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