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Schedule of Events for 2015  |  General Information

Total Stearman! The 44th consecutive National Stearman Fly-In will celebrate America's iconic biplane, and you're invited to join the fun Sept. 7-12, 2015, at Galesburg, IL, Municipal Airport.

Work is under way on this year's Fly-In 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 this year's National Stearman Fly-In schedule. Check back often for updates:

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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


2015 Schedule of Events

Updated Aug. 23, 2015


  • Monday, Sept. 7, 2015
  • 7-11 a.m.: 42nd 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 a.m.: Daily pilot briefing, Stearman Fly-In seminar tent, Galesburg Municipal Airport.
    Activities continuing throughout the day:
    Fun flying, buddy hops, hangar flying.
    Poker run
    Stearman Rides: Experience flight in an open-cockpit biplane with Robert Preston; call (330) 354-2283 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.
    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. 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 p.m.: Movie night: "The Great Circle Air Safari." Two Americans take their 1942 Stearman to make a 4,000-mile flight with their Australian mates around one of the most remote places in the world. Free and open to the public.


  • Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015
  • 9 a.m.: Daily pilot briefing, Stearman Fly-In seminar tent, Galesburg Municipal Airport
    Activities continuing throughout the day:
    Fun flying, buddy hops, hangar flying.
    Poker run
    Stearman Rides: Experience flight in an open-cockpit biplane with Robert Preston; call (330) 354-2283 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.
    9:30 a.m.: Seminar, "A Quick Engine Change," presented by Tye Hammerle, Kenosha, WI, and Pete Spear, Salem, WI. 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. 9, 2015
  • 9 a.m.: Daily pilot briefing, Stearman Fly-In seminar tent, Galesburg Municipal Airport
    Activities continuing throughout the day:
    Fun flying, buddy hops, hangar flying.
    Poker run
    Stearman Rides: Experience flight in an open-cockpit biplane with Robert Preston; call (330) 354-2283 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.
    9:30 a.m.: Seminar, "Aeromedical Concerns," 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.: 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.
    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.
    Evening: Dine out in Galesburg.

  • Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015
  • 9 a.m.: Daily pilot briefing, Stearman Fly-In seminar tent, Galesburg Municipal Airport
    Activities continuing throughout the day:
    Fun flying, buddy hops, hangar flying.
    Poker run
    Stearman Rides: Experience flight in an open-cockpit biplane with Robert Preston; call (330) 354-2283 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.
    9:30 a.m.: Seminar, "Stearman Wings and New PMA Parts," by David Groh, Yesteryear Aviation, Mason, MI. Fly-In seminar tent, Galesburg Municipal Airport.
    10 a.m.-6 p.m.: Narrated tram rides along Stearman flight line for general public (weather permitting). $1 per person.
    Mid-morning: Lunch-time fly-out to Gen-Air Park, Geneseo, IL. Menu: Grilled pork loin, corn on the cob, baked beans, mashed potatoes, pies. Price $8.
    2 p.m.: Stearman Aerobatic Contest at Galesburg Municipal Airport.
    3:30 p.m.: Seminar, "Fabric Work, Stearman Paper Work, Lycoming Engines," presented by Bob Swint, Geneseo, IL. Fly-In seminar tent, Galesburg Municipal Airport.
    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 the 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.: "Stearman's Planes, and The Truth About Vietnam," a presentation by Dr. William Stearman, son of aircraft designer Lloyd C. Stearman. Forty years after the Vietnam War ended, Stearman will offer a behind-the-scenes perspective on the conflict and what it actually achieved. When the war ended in 1975, Stearman was in the White House and was the most senior U.S. official dealing exclusively with Vietnam. Jet Air Hangar, Galesburg Municipal Airport.

  • Friday, Sept. 11, 2015
  • 9 a.m.: Daily pilot briefing, Stearman Fly-In seminar tent, Galesburg Municipal Airport
    Activities continuing throughout the day:
    Fun flying, buddy hops, hangar flying.
    Poker run
    Stearman Rides: Experience flight in an open-cockpit biplane with Robert Preston; call (330) 354-2283 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.
    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.: Friday Night dinner at Jet Air hangar, Galesburg Municipal Airport. Catered by Thrushwood Farms, Galesburg. Menu: America's Cut (10-12 ounces) pork chop, potato salad, coleslaw, mixed fruit, baked beans, dinner rolls.. Tickets $15. Beverages additional.
    7:50 p.m.: National Stearman Foundation Update, Jet Air hangar, Galesburg Municipal Airport. Presented by Harrel W. Timmons, Foundation president.
    8 p.m.: Program, "Arsenal of Democracy: World War II Victory Capitol Flyover," presented by David Brown, Warrenton, VA. Jet Air Hangar, Galesburg Municipal Airport.

  • Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015
  • 6:39 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:
    Fun flying, buddy hops, hangar flying.
    Poker run
    Stearman Rides: Experience flight in an open-cockpit biplane with Robert Preston; call (330) 354-2283 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.
    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.
    1:00 p.m.: Kids' balsa airplane flying contest. Best landings qualify contestants in a drawing for prizes. Free. 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, a narrated 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. Dinner from 7-8 p.m. catered by Thrushwood Farms. Menu: Carved prime rib, boneless chicken breast, baked potatoe, corn, pasta salad, tossed 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. 13, 2015
  • 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.

    2015 GENERAL INFORMATION

    Posted March 10, 2015


    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 44th 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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