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|Every Stearman Has a Story
|There are just as many stories as there are pilots and planes at an annual local flying festival.
Pilots flew their planes into the area this week as part of the Galesburg Stearman Fly-In, and each pilot seemed to have a different reason for beginning their flying career and why they currently fly. One of the pilots, Mike Nebrig was on hand with his stearman plane for the fly-in and says he began loving flight at an early age.
Nebrig tells WGIL he got to know some pretty high ranking pilots as a kid. "My dad worked for NASA, so I grew up in the astronaut era, airplane era," Nebrig said. "I can actually remember driving carpool for my dad in high school. Part of his carpool were two astronauts. So if I took them to work, I could go to school, come back, and get them. I can remember Fred Hayes talking about flying a (plane) home from San Antonio."
Another Stearman pilot on hand, Toyna Hodson from Kansas, says she has been formation flying for a decade and loves to come to festivals such as this week's fly-in to meet all the people that share the same joy of flying that she does. She says she gets to fly all around the county and meet up with a lot of the same individuals.
Nebrig says people interested in picking up a Stearman plane should be ready to shell out at least $100,000, and that's for a decent one. He says there are many different options and types of Stearman planes you could purchase.
(Corey Hardin, a pilot of one of the Stearman at this week's Fly-In in Galesburg, could be seen from the passenger seat of the plane WGIL's Dominic Fortini took a ride in this week. WGIL News Story and Photo by Dominic Fortini.)
|09 12 09 by Newsroom
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