Wings and Wheels Spectacular

Aug 9 - Aug 10 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Classic cars, steam engines and assorted aerobatic aircraft performances will highlight the Owls Head Transportation Museum’s most impressive show of the summer. The annual Wings & Wheels Spectacular is the Museum’s longest running event; the inaugural airshow, known affectionately as “The Rally,” was held in 1975.

Classic cars, steam engines and aerobatic aircraft performances and WW2 Warbirds will highlight the Owls Head Transportation Museum’s most impressive show of the summer on Saturday, August 9 and Sunday, August 10. OHTM is pleased to welcome back the famous Texas Flying Legends to this thrilling, “can’t miss” annual event.

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 at this sensational 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 a thrilling 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 more than a half-dozen Warbirds: two beautiful P-51 Mustangs including “Cincinnati Miss,” a fierce Corsair, two TBM Avengers and several more dazzling 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.

Guest aircraft will fly from approximately 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. visitors are encouraged to arrive early for the airshow, since the time could be adjusted slightly earlier or later, depending on weather.

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 9:00 a.m. until noon on both days of the show, Owls Head Transportation Museum Aircraft Conservator Bob Bailey and our team of dedicated aviation workshop volunteers and pilots will demonstrate the Museum’s unrivaled collection of antique aircraft. The most recent addition to our aircraft collection, a beautiful 1930 Travel Air Speedwing, will take to the skies, and additional planes that may fly for demonstrations include the Museum’s dazzling 1917 “checkerboard” SPAD, 1930 Pitcairn Mailwing, 1918 Standard J-1, 1941 Stearman, our 1933 Waco, our 1923 Fokker C.IVA and our beloved 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, and free Model T rides (weather permitting).

Ground Vehicle Conservator Warren Kincaid said visitors are in for a treat as some the automobile collection’s finest vehicles will be featured in a special display. “Million Dollar Row” will showcase a 1913 Rolls-Royce, 1929 Rolls-Royce, 1933 Pierce Arrow, 1907 Cadillac and more. A number of museum collection vehicles will be demonstrated including our 1932 Cragar Racer.

Tickets to the 2014 Barnstormers Ball fundraising gala on August 23 are now on sale! Guests will dance the night away while enjoying bespoke cocktails, beer by Gritty McDuffs and hors d’oeuvres by Rockland’s Café Miranda. This ritzy affair is set to the backdrop of our dazzling collection of WWI era aircraft and ground vehicles. WWI aircraft flyovers, a specialty silent auction headlined by a CedarWorks play set and music by Tony Boffa Music Presents: The Carmine Terracciano Band add panache to this 1920s-themed gala. The winner of our 1951 MG TD raffle will be drawn.

Vehicles will be exhibited on the Museum’s Runway 17, and the Museum will be open so that visitors can tour the collection and exhibits, including our newest exhibit Faster: The Quest for Speed (opening June 12) which highlights the rich history of motor vehicle racing in New England and beyond. Highlights of the exhibition include a Michael Schumacher-driven Ferrari F2002 Formula 1 car and the world’s second-oldest Duesenberg, a 1915 “Benedict Special” 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.

Any visitor who renews their membership or purchases a new membership on the day of an event is automatically entered in a drawing for a scenic ride in the Museum’s 1941 Stearman biplane. One winner is drawn at noon and one at 3:00 p.m. each day of the event.


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