Wings and Wheels Spectacular flies into Owls Head

Aug 01, 2014
Wings & Wheels Spectacular is Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 9-10 at Owls Head Transportation Museum.

Owls Head — Classic cars, steam engines and aerobatic aircraft performances and World War II Warbirds will highlight the Owls Head Transportation Museum’s show Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 9-10.

The annual Wings & Wheels Spectacular is the museum’s longest running event; the inaugural airshow, known affectionately as “The Rally,” was held in 1975.

Owners of pre-1994 vehicles arriving in their vintage automobiles are invited to exhibit and show and at all other museum (non-auction) events. As always, exhibitors receive free admission.

This year’s event will feature aerobatic performers father and son duo Jim and Jimmy Parker. Jimmy will dazzle the crowd with an aerobatic performance in his Pitts airplane while Jim will perform in his perennial crowd favorite, the Salto Aerobatic Glider. The museum’s collection of World War I era biplanes will be demonstrated throughout the morning.

Guest Warbirds from the Texas Flying Legends and other organizations will include the P-51 Mustang "Cincinnati Miss,” a fierce Corsair, a TBM Avenger and several more aircraft. Families will not want to miss the opportunity to view these rare aircraft in person and experience the sights and sounds associated with these majestic birds.

Visitors are encouraged to arrive early for the airshow, since the time could be adjusted slightly earlier or later, depending on weather. At the end of each day’s performances, the flightline will be open to allow the public access to the planes and pilots.

Representatives from the National Aviation Academy will be on hand to discuss their programs with aspiring pilots and aircraft mechanics. Additional event sponsors include Smart Datamap Services and television media sponsor WMTW Channel 8.

From 9 a.m. until noon on both days of the show, Owls Head Transportation Museum Aircraft Conservator Bob Bailey and the museum's team of aviation workshop volunteers and pilots will demonstrate the museum’s collection of antique aircraft. The most recent addition to the collection, a 1930 Travel Air Speedwing will take to the skies, and additional planes that may fly for demonstrations include the museum’s 1917 “checkerboard” SPAD, 1930 Pitcairn Mailwing, 1918 Standard J-1, 1941 Stearman, a 1933 Waco, 1923 Fokker C.IVA and the 1917 Fokker DR.I triplane (aka the Red Baron).

On the ground, car lovers will appreciate the dozens of antique and classic automobiles expected. An array of family activities will include the popular kids pedal car corral, vehicle demonstrations, dirt track racers, free Model T rides and (weather permitting). Some of the museum's automobile collection to be on display are a 1913 Rolls-Royce, 1929 Rolls-Royce, 1933 Pierce Arrow, 1907 Cadillac and more. A number of museum collection vehicles will be demonstrated including a 1932 Cragar Racer.

Admission is $16 for adults and, as always, children under 18 are admitted to the museum and show free of charge. Refreshments catered by French & Brawn Catering and Market Place will be available for purchase at the Caboose during both days of the show. No pets are allowed in the museum or on show grounds.

For more information please contact Owls Head Transportation Museum Public Relations Director Jenna Lookner at 594-4418.

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