2019 FLY-IN AWARD WINNERS
Here are the award winners from the 48th National Stearman Fly-In held Sept. 2-7, 2019 at the Galesburg Municipal Airport:
(first pilot-in-command to arrive at Galesburg Municipal Airport for the 2019 Fly-In who remained for the duration): Brian Rosenstein arrived August 28, 2019 at 7 p.m. from Stanley, NC in Stearman 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 flew 1,717 sm from Santa Rosa, CA in Stearman N9923H.
(awarded to the youngest pilot who, acting as pilot-in-command, landed a Stearman upon its arrival for the 2019 Fly-In): Ben Thomas, 18 years old, born August 20, 2001, Hernando, MS, Stearman N52014.
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): Harrel Timmons, September 23, 1938, 80 years old, Galesburg, IL, Stearman N75546.
Fly-In Contest Awards:
Short-Field Takeoff (Stock Engines):
(shortest distance from start of take-off roll until airborne): First: N266N, Brett Anderson, 380 ft; Second: Tie: N42DB, Daniel Wolford and N266N, Blake Anderson, 420 ft; Third: N52287, Brian Vallero, 445 ft.
Short-Field Takeoff (275- to 300-horsepower engines):
(shortest distance from start of take-off roll until airborne): First: N1203M, Rob Tekampe, 440 ft; Second: N58219, George Madok, 480 ft; Third: N64602, Mike Sager, 500 ft.
Short-Field Takeoff (450-horsepower engines):
(shortest distance from start of take-off roll until airborne): First: N54896, Matt Wolford, 270 ft; Second: N349KF, Paul Fries, 340 ft; Third: N52014, Julie Thomas, 385 ft.
(for the flour bomb dropped closest to the center of the target): First: N52287, Brian Vallero , pilot and bombardier, 11.6 ft; Second: N266N, Blake Anderson, pilot and bombardier, 25.1 ft; Third: N60657, Cal Tax, pilot and Stephanie Teel, bombardier, 27.3 ft.
Precision Landing Contest:
(for landing closest to a designated line): First: N266N, Brett Anderson, 5 ft; Second: N58219, James Madok, 75 ft; Third: N266N, Blake Anderson, 110 ft.
First: N57762, Blake Anderson; Second: N58219, George Madok; Third: N56914, John Hodgson
Formation Competition – 4 Ship:
First: Scorpions: N60657, Cal Tax; N64W, Rick Lutes; N63301, Chuck Marshall; N59457, Vic Syracuse; Second: Scalleywags: N42DB, Daniel Wolford; N401DB, Eric Delawder; N1203M, Rob Tekampe; N347KF, Paul Fries.
(presented to the owner of the Stearman whose restoration was completed closest to the date of the presentation of this award): N58219, first flight August 9, 2018, George Madok, Evergreen, CO (7 ½ year restoration by owner)
Hard Luck Award:
Stearman C-GSDK, Bruce Bond, Sarnia, ON, Canada
Stearman Most in Need of Restoration:
N33NA, Roger Brown, Port Saint Lucie, FL and N46Y, Quentin Marty, Hightstown, NJ.
First: N60657, Cal Tax, 5 card flush; Second: N401DB, Eric Delawder, 3 kings; Third: N57950, Marie Spear, 3 queens
(for excellence in restoration of Army Stearmans): N57762, Todd Anderson, Bloomington, MN
Yellow Peril Award:
(for excellence in restoration of Navy Stearmans): N54899, N2S-3, Carl Wilson, Brookline, NH
(for excellence in restoration of civilian Stearmans): Not awarded this year.
(in recognition of creativity and workmanship on custom Stearmans): N146CM, Jim Martin, Spring Grove, IL
Best Military Custom:
(in recognition of creativity and workmanship on military custom Stearmans): N58219, George Madok, Evergreen, CO
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 N54896, owned by the Wolford Family, documented to have been flown during World War II by George H.W. Bush, 41st President of the United States.
Special Recognition Award:
Special commemoration of Marilyn Stearman Carr, daughter of aircraft designer Lloyd Carlton Stearman, to her family in recognition of her many years of participation in & support of the National Stearman Fly-In.
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 Pete and Marie Spear and Tye Hammerle, for their time & effort & support of the NSFI which included refurbishing & repainting the Stearman headquarters building & adjacent hangar, participation in a recent Stearman forum at Oshkosh & other special NSFI projects.
Best Participation Award:
(what Stearman burned the most fuel during the 2019 National Stearman Fly-In): Presented by Ric and Lisa Woldow in memory of Don Grundstrom
Stock category: N57762, Todd Anderson, 179.2 gal.
450 hp category: N69249, Dan and Diane Sokolowski, 254.1 gal.
A total of 6,089 gallons of fuel were burned during this year’s fly-in.
Fuel quantity was calculated from Monday, Sept. 2, through 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 7.