It’s a natural pairing – classic planes and cars. They were the main attraction at the 13th annual Wings and Wheels Fall Festival held Oct. 2 at Delaware Coastal Airport near Georgetown.
Sponsored by the Greater Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and the Delaware Aviation Museum, the event attracted one the largest crowds in its history. After canceling the event in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the sponsors regrouped for a one-day event in 2021, featuring vintage and modern aircraft, plane and helicopter rides, a car show of more than 300 classics sponsored by the Historical Vintage Car Club of Delaware, World War II Harbor Defenses of Delaware re-enactors, entertainment, food and vendors.
New this year was the participation of the Delaware Air National Guard with displays of a C-130 Hercules and Black Hawk helicopter. Special events included jumps by the U.S. Naval Academy Parachute Team and a flour-bombing accuracy contest.
As it is every year, the star of the show was Panchito, a restored World War II B-25J bomber, which was part of a Warbirds Showcase of World War II, Korean and Vietnam era aircraft sponsored by the Delaware Aviation Museum, housed at the airport, and the Capital Wing of the Commemorative Air Force.