Progress Report September 2021

The National Stearman Foundation Board of Directors is fulfilling its commitment to build a permanent facility to serve the Stearman Community. Located at the Galesburg Municipal Airport (GBG), the facility will provide a permanent home for the National Stearman Fly-In as well as the National Stearman Foundation. The hangar facility will serve as a year-round home to the world community of Stearman owners, pilots, enthusiasts, historians and future caretakers of the legendary aircraft. 

The 100’ x 100’ facility will provide space for the “Stearman Office”, retail area, conference room / training room, seminar and banquet space, repository for artifacts and related memorabilia, additional offices for Stearman-related organizations, storage areas and full Men’s / Women’s restrooms. The main hangar floor will be able to store all permanent fly-in equipment, such as flightline trams as well as all flightline / contest gear, along with ability to store aircraft. 

The vision and efforts are fully supported by the City of Galesburg, the Stearman community, the local business community and our residents, who have made the National Stearman Fly-In a friendly and premier aviation event for nearly 50 years. The National Stearman Foundation has a fundraising goal of $1,750,000. This goal will provide for construction of the facility along with the beginning of a permanent endowment at the Galesburg Community Foundation to support the operations and maintenance of the facility and the annual Fly-In for generations to come. Phase I of the project was completed in September 2021, just in time for the 50th Annual National Stearman Fly-In. 

Phase I Site prep / purchase and erection of the hangar shell $750,000 - Completed as of September 2021 

Phase II Completion of the Full Interior (2 Stories) $500,000 - Approximately 15% Complete - Additional funding is needed to complete the interior 

Phase III Endowment $500,000