Stearman Field is a (really nice) airpark that was called Benton airpark until they decided to change the name in commemoration of the Stearman aircraft built in Wichita. There are now 10 Stearmans based at the airpark, along with any other plane imaginable.
We touched down Friday morning, landing just a few minutes after Dan & Diane Sokolowski in their Navy Stearman "Blondie".
From there, we fit in a bit more flying to check out the Kansas countryside, then it time to tuck in the airplanes for the night (hangar courtesy of Alex!), and off to the hotel.
The fly-in is open to the public, although it looks like most of the attendees are local. With winds gusting in the 30s, there wasn't much flying, but several planes still came in, including a rare Grumman Wildcat.
With our wings clipped, we visited with the locals, and met several nice folks. We spent most of the day at the Stearman Field bar because of the horrid heat and discovered their trademark drink, the Stearman Tailspin, does its job well.
We made it until the band wrapped up, then it was back to the hotel as a very sweaty, smelly crew.
Unfortunately, once the sun set, our pictures were too dark to share. Then again, that's probably a good thing.
After a delightful breakfast, we hopped in the planes for the trip back home.
We made it to Creston, IA (CSQ) for our next fuel stop, but fuel was a no-go, so then we headed to Greenfield (GFZ) for our final fuel stop, and chatted with a couple of the museum visitors, including a fellow Stearman pilot. From there, we touched down at Ames airport (AMW) around 3pm, craving air conditioning. And that wrapped up a fun-filled weekend in Kansas!
To wrap things up, here's a rough video (I have no editing software) of the RV doing a fly-by and breakaway from the Red Baron on the trip back home. Enjoy!