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  • Doolittle Raider showcased in free annual Wings and Wheels Festival

  • The 6th Annual Wings and Wheels Georgetown Fall Festival returns to Sussex County this weekend with one of the four surviving Doolittle Raiders as its special guest.
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    • IF YOU GO
      WHAT. 6th Annual Wings & Wheels Festival

      WHERE. Sussex County Airport, 21553 Rudder Lane, Georgetown

      COST. Free

      INFO. www.wings-wheels.com

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      IF YOU GO
      WHAT. 6th Annual Wings & Wheels Festival
      WHERE. Sussex County Airport, 21553 Rudder Lane, Georgetown
      COST. Free
      INFO. www.wings-wheels.com
      SCHEDULE
      > 9 to 11 a.m., Car Show Registration
      > 10 a.m., Opening Ceremonies
      > 10 a.m. to noon, CAT Country Broadcast
      > Noon to 4 p.m., Glass Onion Band
      > 10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m., Doolittle Raider, Lt. Col. Dick Cole, Panel
      > 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., Lt. Mike Mills, Fort Miles History
      > 12:30 to 1:15 p.m., Maj. EC Bennett, Military History of Local Airplanes
      > 1:30 to 2:15 p.m., BG Wiley, Fort Dupont General Military History
      > 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., Flour Bombing Competition
      > 2:15 to 3 p.m., Military History Panel
      > 3 p.m. Flour Bombing Awards, Car Show Awards
  • The 6th Annual Wings and Wheels Georgetown Fall Festival returns to Sussex County this weekend with one of the four surviving Doolittle Raiders as its special guest.
    Lt. Col. Richard "Dick" Cole was a co-pilot for Lt. Col. Jimmy Doolittle on April 18, 1942 when the 80-member crew took off in 16 U.S. Army Air Force B-25B Mitchell medium bombers from the U.S. Navy's aircraft carrier USS Hornet. The crew carried out America's initial retaliatory air raid on the Japanese mainland following the Dec. 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor in Hawaii.
    "It is quite extraordinary that someone of this caliber and high profile from World War II would make a special appearance at our festival," said Linda Price, Wings and Wheels chairperson. "Not to mention that Dick is 98 years old and by all accounts will put us all to shame with his energy and enthusiasm. We're so excited about his visit we can't even stand it."
    The festival kicks off on Friday at 6 p.m. with the 3rd Annual Wings and Wheels Dinner and Camp Show, held in an airplane hangar at the Sussex County Airport. The event is catered by the Georgetown-based Lighthouse Catering. Following dinner, Footlight Productions will perform a USO-style canteen show celebrating the music of the 1940s and 1950s.
    "When the troupe gives their musical salute to the veterans and men and women serving in our armed forces, you better have your Kleenex ready," said Karen Duffield, director of the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce. "It's very moving."
    Tickets are $30 and can be purchased by calling the Chamber at (302) 856-1544 or by visiting www.wings-wheels.com. Attendees are encouraged to dress in period attire.
    The main event starts at 9 a.m. on Saturday, beginning with registration for this year's car show, sponsored by the Wheels that Heal Car Club of Salisbury, Md. This is the first year Wheels that Heal is hosting the car show and, according to founder Steve Mixter, all proceeds will go to a local family whose 3-year-old daughter is suffering from leukemia.
    "[Wings and Wheels] is an excellent opportunity for us to raise money," Mixter said. "So far we have over 100 cars registered, but pre-registration is really no indication of how many are coming. A lot of them wait to make sure the weather is good."
    Last year's show saw more than 300 registered classic cars, according to Duffield.
    The WWII Living History program will begin at 10:30 a.m., with presentations by Cole and other WWII veterans who will share their experiences.
    The Annual World Championship Invitational Flour Bombing Competition begins at 1:30 p.m.
    To complement the vintage aircrafts expected to attend the festival, WWII re-enactors will set up encampments with memorabilia on display. Last year, about 30 vintage planes flew in for the festival. Duffield said in addition to funding the festival itself, proceeds from Wings and Wheels go to the pilots to help cover fuel costs.
    Page 2 of 2 - "It doesn't cover nearly all of their fuel costs, but they still fly in from all around the Mid-Atlantic, as far away as New York and some from Connecticut," she said.
    Duffield said last year's event brought an estimated 7,500 people to the Georgetown area and, so long as the area sees good weather, organizers are hoping to exceed that number this year.

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