Photo Essay:The Blakesburg Fly-In
Antique airplanes—the cream of the crop—fluttered around corn country to celebrate an air mail birthday.
- By airspacemag.com
- AirSpaceMag.com, November 18, 2008
1930 Stearman 4E
Tail number NC663K
Ben Scott’s Stearman, from Reno, Nevada, carried the mail during 1938’s National Air Mail Week, piloted by Scott’s father, who bought the Stearman brand-new. In the 1960s, the airplane served as a crop duster. In the 1970s, an Antique Airplane Association member owned the airplane and eventually sold it to Ben (pictured). He also flew mail in the 4E on the 75th anniversary of Scheduled Air Mail Service in 1993. This year it flew mail from Blakesburg to Ottumwa to Iowa City and back on August 30.