This story isn’t so much about the game of football as it is about flight and the transformation of a young man during his experience in a Stearman. We begin with my arrival at Galesburg on Thursday, 29 August 2002. The hope was to beat our friend George Triche, but [...]
It’s as clear in my mind today as the day I saw it circa 1960. My young eyes were riveted on a red and white sunburst 450 Stearman with a checkerboard tail. It was smoke, noise, and grace in the blue sky of a summer air show. It was great. [...]
Kaydet Award (for restoration of Army PT series primary trainers): David Groh, Mason, Mich., N79650. Joe Vick, Dublin, Ohio, N75SV. Ray Coker, Bloomington, Ill., N57950. Jim Ratliff, Conyers, Ga., N1370V. David Bruce, Ormond Beach, Fla., N55762. Yellow Peril Award (for restoration of Navy N2S series primary trainers): Jerry Maclin, Cordova, [...]
In teaching the fine art of correctly flying the Stearman aircraft, occasions have arisen where some intense observations were made to determine student errors and how to correct those transgressions. Some errors show up over and over again in succeeding students. One such easily corrected - but very hard to [...]
Ten years of Stearman ownership has taught me a lot about Stearmans. Nothing lasts forever! Nearly 30 years of wear and tear on my plane since its last rebuild had slowly taken its toll on the airframe to such a point that I feared it would no longer pass its [...]
I am enclosing some pictures I found in my Dad’s old scrap book of Stearmans at Ottumwa while he was in primary flight training there. The top picture shows my father in #78, with wing tip skids to limit the damage in the event of ground loops.