2022 FLY-IN AWARD WINNERS
Here are the award winners from the 51st National Stearman Fly-In held Sept. 5-10, 2022 at the Galesburg Municipal Airport:
(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.
(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.
(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’.
(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’.
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.
(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
First: N52287 Brian Vallero, Full House; Second: N58712 Tye Hammerle, King High Straight; Third: N1203M Rob Tekampe, Two Pairs, Qs and 8s.
(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
(for excellence in restoration of civilian Stearmans): NC785H Stearman Model 4E Ric Woldow and Brian Aukes.
(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.
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.