42nd Annual Stearman Fly-In happening in Galesburg

By WEEK Producer

September 3, 2013 Updated Sep 3, 2013 at 10:22 PM CDT

GALESBURG, Ill. -- Vintage World War II airplanes have begun landing in Galesburg.

Pilots from all over the country are flying in for the 42nd Annual Stearman Fly-In.

More than 30 planes arrived Tuesday and organizers expect nearly 100 to land by the end of the week.

The Stearman planes are more than 80 years old and were used by military and navy pilots during World War II for training.

A National Stearman Fly-In Board of Director Member said the week-long event is an opportunity to see history as it was.

"These airplanes represent the best kind of museum, because an airplane is meant to fly not sit on a concrete floor somewhere and gather dust,” said Robert Harrison.

Retired American astronaut and Stearman pilot Marsha Ivins is scheduled to speak on Friday.

On Saturday families are invited out to the Galesburg Municipal Airport for a formation flying contest.

Event prices vary, for a complete list of Stearman events happening this week log on to www.stearmanflyin.com.

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