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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 http://stearmanflyin.com/ for registration and other important information.


Here are the award winners from the 51st National Stearman Fly-In held Sept. 5-11, 2021 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): Marie Spear arrived September 1, 2021 at 11:45 am from Kenosha, WI in Stearman N57950.

Longest Cross-Country: 
(awarded to the pilot whose direct route from his or her home airport to Galesburg was the longest in a Stearman): Ken Horowitz flew 1,936 sm from Bremerton, WA, in Stearman N1936M. And Tom Rodgers flew 1,936 from Grapeview, WA, in Stearman N5404N. 

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, 20 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): Nick Sager, May 5, 1938, 83 years old, Granbury, TX, Stearman N64602 "Puckered Penguin". 

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: N9912H, Hans Nordsiek, 415 ft.; Second: N61135, Tom Landon, 425 ft.; Third: N58219, George Madok, 500 ft. 

Short-Field Takeoff (450-horsepower engines): 
(shortest distance from start of take-off roll until airborne): First: N803RB, Brian Aukes, 271 ft.; Second: N555BR, Matthew Sawhill, 274 ft.; Third: N51875, Coleman Fait, 313 ft. 

Rescue Drop: 
(for the flour bomb dropped closest to the center of the target): First: N1370V, Jim Ratliff, pilot and Sue Anderson, bombardier, 30 ft. 8 in.; Second: N54653, Bob Pingston, pilot and bombardier, 49 ft.; Third: N51876, Coleman Fait, pilot and bombardier, 59 ft. 5 in. 

Precision Landing Contest: 
(for landing closest to a designated line): First: N60657, Cal Tax, 75 ft.; Second: N66417, Mike Lowe, 100 ft.; Third: N33NA, Roger Brown, 115 ft. 

Aerobatic Competition: 
First: N555BR, Matthew Sawhill; Second: N74031, Mike Turner; Third: N63806, Bob Swint 

Formation Competition – 4 Ship: 
First: Scorpions: N60657, Cal Tax; N64W, Rick Lutes; N63301, Chuck Marshall; N59457, Vic Syracuse; Second: Clydesdales: N802RB, Ric Woldow; N69249, Dan Sokolowski; N555BR, Mathew Sawhill; N806BR, Brian Aukes; Third: Gumbo Flight: N53255, Shannon Elliot; N62241, Ryan Elliot; N5143N, Philip Grace; N75R, Robby Grice. 

Newest Restoration: 
(presented to the owner of the Stearman whose restoration was completed closest to the date of the presentation of this award): N33NA, First flight June 6, 2021, Roger Brown, St. Lucie, FL 

Hard Luck Award: 
Stearman N347KF, Paul Fries, Buffalo Grove, IL 

Poker Run: 
First: N42PW, Phil Webb, Three of a Kind, 3 threes; Second: N59791, John O'Malley, Two Pairs, kings and fives; Third: N60657, Cal Tax, Two Pairs, jacks and twos. 

Kaydet Award: 
(for excellence in restoration of Army Stearmans): N9686F, John Rettick, Bloomington, IL

Yellow Peril Award: 
(for excellence in restoration of Navy Stearmans): N4939N, Blake Anderson, The Villages, FL

Best Civilian: 
(for excellence in restoration of civilian Stearmans): NC799H, 1931 Stearman C3R, Tom & Nancy Lowe, Crystal Lake, IL. 

Best Custom: 
(in recognition of creativity and workmanship on custom Stearmans): N450CJ, Chad Johnson, Houston, TX.

Best Military Custom: 
(in recognition of creativity and workmanship on military custom Stearmans): N74031, Mike Turner, Cartersville, GA. 

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): Stearman N69389, Doug Moore, Noblesville, IN.

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 Tom Lowe, Co-founder of the National Stearman Fly-In, and SRA President for 20 years.


Sept. 5 - 10, 2022!



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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