The 2018 IPMS San Diego Model Expo had a very special category. A prize was offered for the best 1/48 Stearman aircraft by Gillespie Field resident Bill Allan of Allan Airways Flying Museum. The award went to Christopher Jonas of Oceanside.
The prize was a ride in one of Mr. Allan’s Stearmans. And not just any Stearman, but this last one that was owned by Mr. cool himself, Steve McQueen. The N-number N3188 was Steve’s number in reform school! This was known to have been Steve’s favorite out of several airplanes that he owned. The prize also included a tour given by Mr. Allan himself for the Allan Airways Museum. The agreement was that the winner got the ride and Mr. Allan got to keep the model for his Museum. This Tuesday, Mr. Jonas was able to collect on his prize.