SRA President’s  Awards

 In recognition of excellence in authenticity and workmanship in the restoration of a U.S. Army Air Corps PT Stearman, Joe Vick, Dublin, Ohio, PT-17 N75SV.

In recognition of excellence in authenticity and workmanship in the restoration of a U.S. Navy N2S Stearman, Joe Ferraro, Carmel, Ind.,  N2S-3 N69389.

 Awards presented by the National Stearman Fly-In

Early Bird (first pilot-in-command to arrive at Galesburg Municipal Airport in a Stearman for the 2003 fly-in who remained for the duration): Paul Hankins, Fremont, Mich., arrived Friday, Aug. 29.

Youngest Pilot (awarded to the youngest pilot who, acting as pilot-in-command, landed a Stearman upon its arrival for the 2003 fly-in Brian Aukes, 30, Ankeny, Iowa.

Most Vintage Stearman Pilot (awarded to the oldest person who, acting as pilot-in-command, landed a Stearman upon its arrival for the 2003 fly-in): Bill Rogers, 77, Brighton, Mich.

Rescue Drop (for the flour bomb dropped closest to the center of the target):
First: George Pascal, Campbellsburg, Ky., 27-feet-6 inches;

Second: Dave Bruce, Ormond Beach, Fla., 61-feet-3 inches;
Third: Ed McKeown, Deer Park, Ill.,
77-feet-3 inches.

Short-Field Takeoff/Stock Engine (shortest distance from start of take-off roll until airborne):
First: Bob Pingston, Brighton, 390 feet;
Third: Steve Redman, Marion, Iowa, 415 feet.

Short-Field Takeoff/275-300 Horsepower Engines (shortest distance from start of take-off roll until airborne):

First: Kurt Wien, West Ossipee, N.H., 355 feet;
Second: Wayne Witt, Wooddale, Ill., 365 feet.

Short-Field Takeoff/450 Horspower Engines (shortest distance from start of take-off roll until airborne):
First: Norman Smith, Carrollton, Ill., 250 feet;

Second: Dave Corsaut, Greenfield, Mo., 290 feet;
third: Rudy Haug, Columbia, Ill., 310 feet.

Accuracy Landing (for landing closest to a designated line):

First: Roger Hunter, Millbrae, Calif., 165 feet;

Second: Dave Funk, Runnells, Iowa, 175 feet;

Third: Fred Wright, Palatine, Ill.,  187 feet.

 Aerobatic Competition:

 First: John Rettick, Bloomington, Ill;

 Second: Bob Pingston, Brighton, Mich.

 Third: Steve Redmond, Marion, Iowa.

 Formation Competition:

First: Big Tree Squadron, John Rettick, Bloomington, Ill.,  John Lohmar, St. Charles, Mo., David Burroughs, Normal, Ill.,  Jim Rettick, Bloomington, Ill.;

Second: Scorpion Flight; Cal Tax, Marietta, Ga., Phillip Bostwick, Boston, Mass., George Pascal, Campbellsburg, Ky., R.C. Smith, Hightstown, N.J.;

Third: Gray Hawks/Illinois: Rob Paulus, Brick, N.J., Dave Callison, Poplar Grove, Ill., Wally Falardeau, Poplar Grove, Ill.,

Pete Chestnut, Eaton Rapids, Mich.

Newest Restoration (presented to the owner of the Stearman whose restoration was completed closest to the date of the presentation of this award): Rick Stratton, Conifer, Colo., plane test flown July 27, 2003.

Hard Luck Award: Richard Parrish, Cobden, Ill.

Stearman Most in Need of Restoration: Nick Sager, Granbury, Texas.

Kaydet Award (for excellence in restoration of Army Stearmans): Scott White, Orient, Ohio.

Yellow Peril Award (for excellence in restoration of Navy Stearmans): Ed McKeown, Deer Park, Ill.

Best Civilian (for excellence in restoration of civilian Stearmans): Ben Scott, Reno, Reno, Nev.

Best Custom (in recognition of creativity and workmanship on custom Stearmans): Dwight Hill, McPherson, Kan.

Best Military Custom (in recognition of creativity and workmanship on military custom Stearmans): Jordan Westropp, South Eculid, Ohio.

Deed Levy Award (for Stearmans documented to have been flown by pilots of historic significance, the beginning or ending serial number of a model series, rare color markings, or unusual equipment installed by Stearman or during military service): Dave Corsaut, Greenfield, Mo., Stearman N54896 flown by former President George H.W. Bush when he was cadet in Navy flight training.

Silver Legacy Award (for Stearmans restored to replicate or preserve the historic accuracy as used in pre/post-ward civilian aviation): Ben Scott, Reno, Nev., Stearman N663K, a Speedmail 4F manufactured Feb. 18, 1930.