Wings & Wheels 2019 set to take flight

With Wings & Wheels 2019 set to take place the weekend of Oct. 4 and 5, planning is nearly complete.

Things will kick off that Friday with Pathways to Aviation Day, in which 125 high school students will spend the day at the Delaware Coastal Airport, learning from aviation experts. Students will meet with representatives from local colleges, employers, and more as they delve into what it means to begin a career in the aviation field.

Friday evening will celebrate all things peace, love and happiness at the annual fundraising dinner with Kathie Martin’s Tribute to the Woodstock Generation. Benefitting the Delaware Aviation Museum Foundation and the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce, this year’s event will be held on the grounds of the Delaware Coastal Airport.

The ticket price is $50 per person and includes dinner from Lighthouse Catering. Retired Air Force Brig. Gen. Charles McGee will attend Wings & Wheels weekend as an honored guest. McGee is a member of the famed Tuskegee Airmen (332nd Fighter Group), was a fighter pilot during World War II, Korea and Vietnam, and flew more combat missions than any Air Force fighter pilot, at 409.

He is a recipient of the Bronze Star, Distinguished Flying Cross and Legion of Merit, and flew a P51 Mustang escorting bombers over Germany, Austria and the Balkans. He later became an instructor for the B25 Mitchell Bomber (with more than 6,300 flying hours).

Being at Wings & Wheels will put him back with the two aircraft he is most familiar with — the B-25 Mitchell bomber Panchito (owned by Larry Kelley and the Delaware Aviation Museum), and the P-51 Mustang Rosalie (owned by Ezra Rickards).

McGee will be the keynote speaker at the Pathways to Aviation Program on Friday morning, a featured guest at the Friday-night dinner show, and available for photos and questions at the Panchito booth during Saturday’s car show and fly-in.

Saturday’s free event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., beginning with an opening ceremony including the national anthem and presentation of colors by the Sussex Central ROTC Color Guard. Events at the airport throughout the day include a vintage aircraft fly-in, classic car show, featured speakers, live entertainment, and craft and food vendors. The 2019 event will also see the return of the Flour Bombing Competition at 2 p.m., as well as the Official Naval Academy Parachute Team.