History of the Stearman Fly-In
The history: Many years ago,
probably in the late summer of 1982, Dr. Kimball and his wife,
Judy, were flying cross-country in their Mooney, when
towering thunderstorms dictated a diversion and
precautionary landing. They noticed that they were
close to St. Francis, Kansas, and remembered that a friend and
fellow Stearman owner, John Grace, lived there.
While waiting on the weather to clear, Dr. Kimball noticed the airport's three wide, well maintained sod runways, and commented that it would be a perfect spot for a Stearman gathering. He asked if he could host one on the airport, and John replied, "Sure."
The doctor did just that for several years, until the rapid growth of the event made it impossible for him to manage the event from afar.
Dr. Kimball has the honor of being the only person from outside St. Francis to have attended every Stearman Fly-In.