Aviation festival, car show set for this weekend in Georgetown

The 12th annual Wings & Wheels fall festival, featuring the slogan, “Where the sky meets the road,” is planned for Saturday, Oct. 5, at Delaware Coastal Airport in Georgetown.

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the event, sponsored by the Greater Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and the Delaware Aviation Museum, will feature a vintage plane fly-in and car show. The car show will be on Friday, Oct. 4, and on Saturday.

Admission to Wings & Wheels is free, but there will be a $5 parking charge for each car. There will be no parking available at the airport. All parking will be at Sussex Academy.

Vintage planes, exhibits from Fort Miles and Delaware Coastal Airport, plane rides, pilot competitions, vendors selling goods, food trucks and entertainment are planned.

“We’ll have a World War II bomber there — the Panchito. Its home base is at the Delaware Coastal Airport,” said Kevin Thompson, executive director of the Chamber.

“As long as the weather is nice, this should be one of biggest fly-ins ever. We will have more planes than we know what to do with. There will be planes from different wars. The Naval Academy Parachute Team will be there. Given that we have nice weather, they will go up and do some jumps. The car show will be by the Historical Vintage Car Club of Delaware. We expect a couple hundred cars,” Thompson said.

Brig. Gen. Charles McGee, who flew in World War II, the Korean War and Vietnam War, will be there.

“He’s in his 90s. He’s a wealth of knowledge and a really wonderful man to talk to,” Thompson said.

The Delaware Aviation Museum Foundation will offer rides in its North American B-25 Panchito, similar to those used by the Doolittle Raiders. Delaware Coastal Airport is home to the museum and the Panchito.

Guests can experience flight from several different positions on the aircraft, including behind the pilots, the bombardier’s position in the nose, below the top gun turret waist and tail gunners’ positions.

The price for the Panchito flights is $425 per person. Make reservations by calling (443) 458-8926.

The museum is dedicated to promoting the acquisition, restoration, safe operation and display of historic aircraft, preserving aviation history, and providing an educational venue for students and the community.

The Historical Vintage Car Club of Delaware will host the car show, with 36 trophies in seven classes and dashboard plaques for the first 200 registrants. To pre-register a car, go to www.hvccde.com/wingswheels.

Friday will be Pathways to Aviation Day, to welcome high school students from throughout Sussex County who are interested in aviation and learning about aviation as a career.

A charity dinner-dance in an airport hangar will be held on Friday night, with a Woodstock theme. Kathy Martin & the Hot Rods will perform. Proceeds will benefit the Delaware Aviation Museum Foundation. Tickets cost $50 each.

About 5,000 people are expected to attend Wings & Wheels. There is no rain date.


By Susan Canfora

Staff Reporter