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42nd Annual Stearman Fly-In Takes Off


The 42nd annual Stearman Fly-In is taking off in Galesburg. The event showcases World War II-era Stearman airplanes from around the country.  

There will be around 100 different Stearman airplanes flying into Galesburg this week to celebrate a rich history, both in the planes and the event itself.

"That's part of the allure and fun too is the history that's involved in each one," National Stearman Fly-In Co-Founder Tom Lowe says. 

At the Stearman Fly-In, each plane has its own story. 

"This airplane was actually an army airplane back in the early 1940s to teach their military cadets when they had to press into service so many instructors and there was such a volume of people that needed flight training for the war effort," Pilot George Triche says of his recently restored plane.  

Stearman airplanes went from being military trainers to being used as crop dusters after World War II, to being on display at the Stearman Fly-In, where hundreds now come to learn their history every year.  

"Every one's different and they have different places they were used during the war, different places they were used as crop dusters and restoration," Lowe says. 

 But it's not just the planes that have a story, but the pilots too, like Tabatha and Todd Harders from Cairo, Nebraska, who got married right at the Fly-In in front of their Stearman airplane nine years ago. 

"We wanted to do something different, we both enjoy this fly-in, so we had our minister drive out here, and our family flew in, and we just decided to do something different and fun," Todd Harders says. 

The couple has come back to the fly-in every year since.  

"It's easy to remember our anniversary this way!" Harders says. 

So whether you come for the planes or the people, the fly-in is sure to give you a good story to take home.  

The Stearman Fly-In continues through Saturday, with several events throughout the week.

To take a look at what's going on, visit this link: http://www.stearmanflyin.com/

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