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National Stearman Fly-In

The Stearman Restorers Association is proud to support the National Stearman Fly-In In Galesburg, Illinois. This yearly event is the largest of it's kind and is the must-attend event of the year for Stearman enthusiasts. The NSFI offers a generous mix of flying events, technical seminars, entertainment and food. Information on this year's event can be found below. Please visit for registration and other important information.


Here are the award winners from the 51st National Stearman Fly-In held Sept. 5-10, 2022 at the Galesburg Municipal Airport: 

Early Bird: 
(first pilot-in-command to arrive at Galesburg Municipal Airport for the 2021 Fly-In who remained for the duration): Brian Rosenstein arrived Wednesday, August 31 at 7:00pm in N1535M.

Longest Cross-Country: 
(awarded to the pilot whose direct route from his or her home airport to Galesburg was the longest in a Stearman): Edward "Ted" Miller, N9923H from Santa Rosa, CA. 1717 Statute miles.

Youngest Pilot: 
(awarded to the youngest pilot who, acting as pilot-in-command, landed a Stearman upon its arrival for the 2021 Fly-In): Ben Thomas, 21 years old, born August 20, 2001, Starksville, MS, Stearman N36PH.

Most Vintage Pilot: 
(awarded to the oldest person who, acting as pilot-in-command, landed a Stearman upon its arrival for the 2019 Fly-In): "Old Bob" Siegfried, July 1, 1929, 92 years old.

Fly-In Contest Awards: 

Short-Field Takeoff (Stock Engines): 
(shortest distance from start of take-off roll until airborne): First: N75NM, Nick Mirales, 329 ft.; Second: N54653, Bob Pingston, 350 ft.; Third: N42DB, Daniel Wolford, 415 ft. 

Short-Field Takeoff (275- to 300-horsepower engines): 
(shortest distance from start of take-off roll until airborne): First: N59695 Buzz #405 Jonathan Sager 375’; Second: N54653 Buzz #228 Bob Pingston 435’; Third: N68994 Bryan Miller 449’

Short-Field Takeoff (450-horsepower engines): 
(shortest distance from start of take-off roll until airborne): First: N74031 Buzz 413 Mike Turner 375’; Second: N52014 Howard Thomas 420’. 

Rescue Drop: 
(for the flour bomb dropped closest to the center of the target): First: N54653 Bob Pingston 7’6”.; Second: N21697 Julie Thomas 36’; Third: N57861 Jim Fassino 45’4” 

Accuracy Landing Contest: (for landing closest to a designated line): First: N49659 Buzz 49 George Triche 120’; Second: N52287 Buzz 287 Brian Vallero 128’; Third: N74031 Buzz 413 Mike Turner 200’. 

Aerobatic Competition: 
First: N1535M Brian Rosenstein; Second: N74031, Mike Turner; Third: N63806, Bob Swint 

Formation Competition – 4 Ship: 
First: Gumbo Flight: N59695 Jonathan Sager; N42DB Roddy Grice; N49659 Shannon Elliott; N3953B Phillip Grice Navy; Second: Family Tradition: N21967 Julie Thomas; N9686F Marshall Thomas; N52014 Howard Thomas; N36PH Ben Thomas. 

Newest Restoration: 
(presented to the owner of the Stearman whose restoration was completed closest to the date of the presentation of this award):
N5540N Rob Lock, Lakewood, FL, Navy Stearman C/n 75-8391. First flight August 28,2022 Florida to NSFI!

Hard Luck Award: 
Chuck Marshall N63301 Buzz 301

Poker Run: 
First: N52287 Brian Vallero, Full House; Second: N58712 Tye Hammerle, King High Straight; Third: N1203M Rob Tekampe, Two Pairs, Qs and 8s. 

Kaydet Award: 
(for excellence in restoration of Army Stearmans): N220PT Buzz #42 Randy Hutton

Yellow Peril Award: 
(for excellence in restoration of Navy Stearmans): N5540N Rob Lock Silver/yellow N2S-5

Best Civilian: 
(for excellence in restoration of civilian Stearmans): NC785H Stearman Model 4E Ric Woldow and Brian Aukes. 

Best Custom: 
(in recognition of creativity and workmanship on custom Stearmans): NC53040 Madonna & Merrill McMahan.

Best Military Custom: 
(in recognition of creativity and workmanship on military custom Stearmans): N1203M Buzz 91 Rob Tekampe. 

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): N615RS Buzz 46 N2S-4 in Army Colors Ron Wojnar.

Other Awards: 

Bill Adams Memorial Foundation Award: 
(in recognition of sustained effort that contributed measurably to the continued success of the National Stearman Fly-In and greater Stearman community): Presented to Larry Johnson.


Sept. 4-9, 2023!



Baymont Inn & Suites
300 S. Washington St.
Galesburg, IL 61402
309-343-7600 or 800-337-0550
Ask for Stearman Fly-In rate

Best Western Prairie Inn
300 S. Soangetaha Road
Galesburg, IL 61401
309-343-7151 or 866-343-7151
Ask for Stearman Fly-In rate

Country Inn & Suites*
2284 Promenade Court
Galesburg, IL 61401
309-344-4444 or 800-456-4000
*A limited number of rooms may be available between Aug. 30 and Sept. 1, 2019, due to a large booking for those dates.
Ask for Stearman Fly-In rate

907 W. Carl Sandburg Dr.
Galesburg, IL 61401
Ask for Stearman Fly-In rate

Fairfield Inn & Suites
901 W. Carl Sandburg Dr.
Galesburg, IL 61401
309-344-1911 or 800-228-2800
Ask for Stearman Fly-In rate

Holiday Inn Express & Suites
2160 E. Main St.
Galesburg, IL 61402
309-343-7100 or 800-465-4329
Ask for Stearman Fly-In rate


Americas Best Value Inn-Galesburg
737 Knox Highway 10
Galesburg, IL 61401

AmericInn Lodge & Suites
#1 AmericInn Way
Monmouth, IL 61462
Ask for Stearman Fly-In rate

Super 8 Motel – Monmouth
1122 N. 6th St.
Monmouth, IL 61462
Ask for Stearman Fly-In rate


The Great House
501 E. Losey St.
Galesburg, IL 61401

Seacord House
624 N. Cherry St.
Galesburg, IL 61401

The Gallery Inn
Bed & Coffee
Bishop Hill, IL 61419 (25 miles)


Lake Storey Allison Camp Ground
South Lake Storey Road
Galesburg,IL 61401

Galesburg East Best Holiday Trav-L-Park
1081 US Highway East
Knoxville, IL 61448

Galesburg Municipal Airport
A limited number of camping spaces are available at Galesburg Municipal Airport. Contact the National Stearman Fly-In for details.


Galesburg Nissan - Jim Morgan
2080 North Henderson
Galesburg, IL 61401

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


The Packing House
441 Mulberry
Galesburg, IL 61401

Sully’s Irish Pub
1075 North Henderson Street
Galesburg, IL 61401

Side Trax
441 E. Main St.
Galesburg, IL
(309) 344-8193

Iron Spike Brewing Company
150 E. Simmons Street
Galesburg, IL 61401


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