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Galesburg Hosts Historic Stearman Fly-In

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GALESBURG, IL --- The Stearman Model 75, produced between 1935 and 1945 in Wichita, KS, was not the only primary trainer flown by the Army Air Corps and Navy in the World War II era.

But the 8,428 biplanes that came from the Stearman factory became an aviation icon because more military pilots took their first leaps into the sky with it than in any other trainer ever built.

An estimated 2,000 Stearmans survive today and, while exact numbers aren't known, as many as 1,500 may still be flying. Dozens of these survivors of the "Greatest Generation" days gather in Galesburg every year for the National Stearman Fly-In. This year's event is planned for Sept. 2-7 at Galesburg Municipal Airport.

Another aviation icon will join the Stearmans this year -- a restored Douglas Aircraft Co. DC-3. Its speed and range were much better than competitive airliners of the time, and the DC-3 revolutionized air transport in the 1930s and 1940s.

Seating capacity varied between 21 and 32 passengers, according to an airline's choice. Requiring just three refueling stops, flying east from coast to coast took 15 hours; westbound trips took just over 17 hours. Previously coast-to-coast trips were made in shorter, multiple stops and included train travel overnight.

The DC-3 coming to the Stearman Fly-In is the original American Airlines Flagship Detroit, built in 1937. The oldest flying DC-3 today, it is owned and operated by the nonprofit Flagship Detroit Foundation.

The airliner will be at Galesburg Municipal Airport from Thursday afternoon, Sept. 5, through Sunday morning, Sept. 8. Membership rides, costing $150, will be available each day. The fee allows a member an unlimited number of rides during for one year. A minimum passenger manifest of 12 passengers is required for a flight.

Fly-In visitors also may tour Flagship Detroit when it's not flying. Donations are asked of those who tour the plane.

To reserve a seat on the DC-3, interested persons may call Jet Air, Inc. at Galesburg Municipal Airport - (309) 342-3134 - or George Dennis at (931) 224-5280.

Douglas Aircraft built 607 civilian DC-3s between 1936 and 1942, when domestic production was curtailed by World War II. The DC-3 went to war. Plants in California and Oklahoma produced 10,048 military models. A Russian factory built almost 5,000 more under license.

America's wartime DC-3s were rechristened the C-47 Skytrain. A less reverent nickname was Gooney Bird. The British called them Dakotas. But names aren't as important as results. The C-47s and their ilk carried troops and cargo. They dropped paratroopers and towed gliders across the English Channel as part of the D-Day invasion.

And after World War II, many were returned to civilian use. Ozark Air Lines, when it initiated Galesburg's first scheduled airline passenger service in 1963 at the present airport, flew DC-3s.

Even today, DC-3s and converted C-47s are still in use across the world.

Monday, Sept. 2, 2013 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 for Fly-In participants at Jet Air Hangar, Galesburg Municipal Airport. Sponsored by Shotts Auto Machine Shop, Galesburg. Catered by The Rib Shack, Galesburg. Free for Fly-In participants. Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013 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, "Formation and Safety Training (FAST) Signatories - An Overview," presented by Mike Rutledge, Tenino, WA. 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. Evening: Dinner at Cerar's Barnstormer Restaurant, Monmouth, IL. Order from menu. Ground transportation available; contact Stearman Fly-In office. Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013 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 Landing Gears, presented by Bob Swint, Geneseo, IL. 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. 11 a.m.: Fly-out to Kewanee Municipal Airport, Kewanee, IL. Lunch menu: Pulled pork sandwich on homemade buns/bread, Kewanee's famous potato salad, baked beans, mixed fruit salad bowl, cookie or cake, iced tea and lemonade. Price $7. 2 p.m.: Stearman Aerobatic Contest at Monmouth, IL, Municipal Airport. Contest sponsored by AmericInn of Monmouth. Click here <images/Monmouth Airport.png> for Monmouth Municipal Airport operations and parking information. 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. 5, 2013 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, Aerobatics in a Stock Stearman, presented by David Brown, 2011 Masters Aerobatic Contest winner, and Brian Rosenstein. 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: Fly-out to Gen-Air Park, Geneseo, IL. Lunch menu: Grilled chicken, corn on the cob, baked beans, cole slaw, pies for dessert. Price $8. 3:30 p.m.: Seminar, Airman's Medical Certificate Update, presented by Dr. Bruce B. Chien, Senior Aviation Medical Examiner, Peoria, 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.: 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. 6, 2013 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, Galesburg Municipal Airport. Menu: Smoked brisket, sauces, buns, baked beans, au gratin potatoes. Catered by Club 41. Tickets $13. Beverages additional charge. 8 p.m.: Program, "A Short History of Human Space Flight" by Marsha Ivins, Houston, TX. Ivins is a retired American astronaut and a Stearman pilot. Free and open to the public, Jet Air hangar, Galesburg Municipal Airport. Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013 6:34 a.m.: Dawn Patrol flights launch for Southeast Iowa Regional Airport, Burlington, IA. Breakfast from 7-10 a.m. sponsored by EAA Chapter 700. Menu: Egg casserole, biscuits and gravy, hash browns, juice, coffee, milk, water. Price: $8 for full order with drink, $5 for half order. Catered by Hy-Vee, Burlington. Free breakfast for pilot-in-command of each arriving Stearman courtesy of Heartland Harley-Davidson, 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. Serving until 8 p.m. Menu: Carved prime rib, marinated grilled chicken breast, baked potato, corn, green beans, tossed salad, chopped Italian salad, rolls, butter. Catered by Club 41. Tickets $23. Beverages additional charge. Awards sponsored in part with a donation by an Anonymous Galesburg Resident. Fly-in officially ends.

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Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013 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.

 

 

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