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|Stearman Pilots Passionate About Flying
|A Mississippi pilot in town for a festival of flying says getting rid of one of his Stearman planes would be like losing a child. Carey Hardin flew into Galesburg for this week's Stearman Fly-In in Galesburg and says his passion for planes and flight began when he was a young child living on a farm.
He said they had a landing strip on the property and planes used to land and refuel or add other chemicals and leave the planes idling. He says just that sound was more than enough for him to fall in love with planes.
Hardin tells WGIL after some time, he finally decided he needed a Stearman to purchase.
"I was always interested in flying," Hardin said. "After I did a lot of other things in my flying career, I decided, 'I really would like to have a Stearman, at least for a year or two, just to enjoy it.'"
Hardin tells WGIL after flying his "new" Stearman, one from 1942, his one or two year plane plan began to change.
"That was six years ago," Hardin said. "I suspect that if I sell my last Stearman, it'll probably be after I'm done with my flying career. I can't imagine being without one to fly."
Another pilot that flies with Hardin, Texas native Mike Nebrig, says Stearmen, depending on the engines and maintenance that needs to be done, could run a buyer at least $100,000. Nebrig says many of the pilots do their own maintenance on their planes to help keep down costs.
Hardin says he loves to formation fly with other pilots because he says it's a special feeling of community and bonding with those who also enjoy flying.
(WGIL News Story and Photos by Dominic Fortini.)
|09 12 09 by Newsroom
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