This year’s Wings & Wheels fall festival is set for Oct. 4-5 at the Delaware Coastal Airport, 21553 Rudder Lane, Georgetown.
Things kick off Oct. 4 with Pathways to Aviation Day, where 125 high school students will spend the day at the Delaware Coastal Airport learning from aviation experts.
Retired U.S. Air Force Col. Charles McGee, this year’s honored guest. McGee is a member of the 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, flew a P51 Mustang escorting bombers over Germany, Austria and the Balkans and later became an instructor for the B25 Mitchell Bomber, with more than 6,300 flying hours.
At Wings & Wheels, McGee will be 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 Day for students, the Oct. 4 dinner show and on the runway at the Panchito booth of Oct. 5.
The annual fundraising dinner, featuring Kathie Martin’s “Tribute to the Woodstock Generation,” is set for the evening of Oct. 4. 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. Tickets are $50 per person and include dinner from Lighthouse Catering.
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 include a vintage aircraft fly-in, car show, featured speakers, live entertainment, craft and food vendors and the return of the Flour Bombing Competition at 2 p.m., as well as the Official Naval Academy Parachute Team.
The Historical Vintage Car Club of Delaware is the partner for the 2019 car show, featuring awards in various categories, goodie bags for all pre-registered vehicles and dash plaques for the first 200 registrants.
For vendor or car show registration information, or to purchase tickets for the Oct. 4 dinner event, visit wings-wheels.com or call 856-1544.