The 25th Annual Stearman Fly-In was held
June 9-10 in St. Francis, Kansas, on the Cheyenne County
aircraft attended, including 10 of the
World War II vintage, open cockpit
Stearmans, 5 hot air balloons, a
T-28, a Beechcraft Staggerwing and a pristine Mullicoupe. The
Stearmans came from as far as California and Texas.
John Kugler, McCook, NE, was the only balloonist to
fly: he flew
on Saturday evening. John and Linda Nash, Parker, CO, inflated
tethered their balloon on Saturday afternoon. The seven
story high balloon made a lovely backdrop for the Stearman
biplanes and the skydivers. Over 40 skydives were made during
the event, including the popular Friday night demonstration jump
onto the High School practice field.
Eric Baldwin of Denver, CO, popped three balloons in a row in
Bust contest, but since Eric was unable to attend the awards
ceremony, he graciously gave the prize to Michael Baldwin,
another long time attendee and fellow Stearman pilot.
The Saturday night
BBQ included an interesting talk by
Kimball, Sterling, CO, and a well received performance by his
Barbershop Quartet. Kimball has attended every Fly-In, and was
the originator of the event.
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