Large crowds enjoyed the aerial
adventures at the 27th Annual Stearman Fly-In in Saint Francis,
Kansas, on June 13 and 14, 2009.
An early morning rain on Saturday stopped the hot air balloons
from free flying, but
John Kugler of McCook, NE,
inflated later in the morning and tethered the seven-story
high balloon. While it floated gracefully, skydivers
landed beside it. John and Linda Nash also inflated their
Stearman aircraft attending flew often, so there was nearly
always an airplane in the sky. Click here to see a photo and video of a Stearman overflight.
spectators took rides in the Stearmans, which are WWII
vintage, fabric-covered biplanes with radial engines. Over the
skydivers made about 25
skydives, including the
demo at the Friday night party. A total of 45 aircraft
attended. While the weather was very good, the forecasts were
ominous: that fact, coupled with the economic downturn, reduced
the number of aircraft attending compared to previous years.
Perhaps the rarest bird attending was a 1945
which was flown by Bud Silvers of Colorado Springs. The Stampe'
Renault engine. Stan Jones also brought his 1942 North
AT6 and Tim Liewer his 1936 Stinson
Bust contest was won by
Kimball, Sterling, CO, the originator of the event and the
only Stearman pilot with a perfect attendance record.
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