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FLIGHT OPS

Galesburg Airport Information

Accurate as of February 18, 2020

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 recommended for Stearmans

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

Accurate as of May 12, 2020

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

Accurate as of February 18, 2020

To download a PDF file on the Monday, Sept. 7, Labor Day Parade flyover, click HERE.

To download a PDF file on the Wednesday, Sept. 9, lunch flyout to Kewanee, IL, click HERE.

To download a PDF file on the Wednesday, Sept. 9, Monmouth Prime Beef Festival Parade flyover, click HERE.

To download a PDF file on the Thursday, Sept. 10, lunch flyout to Geneseo, IL, click HERE.

To download a PDF file on the Saturday, Sept. 12, Dawn Patrol to Canton, IL, click HERE.

Registration, Fees

Accurate as of February 18, 2020

Registration:
Pilots and visitors may pre-register in advance online, and also at the National Stearman Fly-In office at Galesburg Municipal Airport beginning on Monday, Sept. 7. Information packets 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 the National Stearman Fly-In office) will also be issued flight line badges and information packets.

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.

Free Fuel for Stearman Pilots

Accurate as of February 18, 2020

Vouchers for $30 worth of free fuel will be given to the pilot-in-command of each Stearman aircraft flown to Galesburg for the 49th 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
  • Chicago, IL
  • Des Moines, IA
  • Dubuque, IA
  • Milwaukee, WI
  • Moline, IL
  • Peoria, IL
  • Springfield, IL
  • St. Louis, MO
  • 137 Miles
  • 195 Miles
  • 220 Miles
  • 124 Miles
  • 239 MIles
  • 49 Miles
  • 48 Miles
  • 119 Miles
  • 215 Miles

GROUND SUPPORT

Local Transportation

Accurate as of February 18, 2020

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.

Lodging and Camping

Accurate as of February 18, 2020

Hotels offering special Stearman Fly-In rates have reserved blocks of rooms. Reservations must be made by Aug. 1, 2020, for the Fly-In rate.

The National Stearman Fly-In provides free shuttle service between Galesburg hotels and Galesburg Municipal Airport. Call Fly-In headquarters at 309-343-6409 during daylight hours to arrange rides.

Click here for a list of area hotels, motels, camping and bed and breakfast accommodations.

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

Accurate as of February 18, 2020

Enterprise Rent-A-Car
165 South Seminary Street
Galesburg, IL 61401
309-341-1000

Galesburg Nissan
2080 North Henderson Street
Galesburg, IL 61401
309-342-4121
Contact:
Jim Morgan
Note:
Stearman pilots can ask for airport car delivery.

Contact the Fly-in

Accurate as of February 18, 2020

E-mail:
stearman@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 Drive
Galesburg, IL 61401

ITEMS OF INTEREST

Schedule of Events

Accurate as of March 15, 2019

Visit the Schedule page here for an update full list of events.

Download a printable PDF of the schedule here.

Award Categories 2020

Accurate as of February 18, 2020

National Stearman Fly-In Awards Information
The National Stearman Fly-In will present the following aircraft awards at the 49th National Stearman Fly-In Sept. 7-12, 2020.

  • Early Bird (first arrival)
  • Longest Cross-country
  • Youngest Stearman Pilot
  • Most Vintage Stearman Pilot (oldest)
  • Aerobatic Contest
  • Rescue Drop (flour bombing)
  • Short Field Take-off (stock, 275-300HP, and 450HP categories
  • Accuracy Landing
  • Four-Ship Formation Contest
  • "Made It Happen" Award
  • 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.

2019 Award Winners and Contest Results

For the 2019 list of contest results and award winners at the 48th National Stearman Fly-in, click here.

Pilots and Planes

For the 2019 list of registrants and airplanes at the 48th National Stearman Fly-in, click here.

The National Stearman Foundation

Accurate as of March 2, 2020

Click here to learn more about the National Stearman Foundation.