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                  Stearman
Fly-In  

26th Annual

June 14-15, 2008

                          
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High fuel prices proved no match against blue skies and light winds at the 26th annual Stearman Fly-In which was held in St. Francis, Kansas, on June 14-15, 2008. Large crowds arrived to see the 70 aircraft which attended the free event. In addition, more than 100 motorcycle riders arrived en masse from the Denver area.

Notable aircraft included a rare 1929 Alexander Eaglerock flown by Glenn Cruz, a lovely Beechcraft Staggerwing, a 1931 Waco ATO, and five Stearman biplanes. The featured Stearmans are fabric covered, open-cockpit biplanes, used as primary trainers in World War II. Four Russian built Yak 52s provided a special treat, as they flew over in a fine diamond formation complete with smoke.  To see a video of that flyover, click here.

Hot air balloons flew on both Saturday and Sunday mornings, thrilling the crowd with their graceful ascents. The seven-story tall aerostats hold two tons of air which is heated with a powerful propane burner to provide buoyancy.  

Skydivers made more than thirty jumps, as their colorful canopies dove and swooped down to soft landings in front of the spectators. One of the skydives was from a balloon, a rare combination. To see a video of the balloon skydive, click here.

The Balloon Bust contest was won by Eric Baldwin, and Dr. Curt Kimball, Sterling, CO, the originator of the event, attended again, keeping his perfect attendance record intact.

If you have photos of this year's Fly-In that you'd like to share, please click here.  
 

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