Stafford Airport Holds Wings and Wheels Event
Stafford Regional Airport was bustling with activity for its inaugural Wings and Wheels event on August 5. The air fest and car show offered aircraft rides in three different vintage aircraft as well as various static displays.
Approximately 700-800 people attended the event and were drawn into the unique show that also featured an additional day on August 6 for flights on Commemorative Air Force aircraft. Visitors had the opportunity to fly in a Waco UPF-7, PT-17 Stearman and Piper L-4 Liason. CAF static display included an Alouette helicopter, a Fuji LM-1 training aircraft and a C-47 cargo aircraft available for tours.
“This is the first time the Commemorative Air Force has offered flights and displays at Stafford Regional Airport” Airport Manager Jim Stover said. “It is also the first major event at the airport in about 10 years and we’re pleased with the number in attendance.”
The Virginia Department of Aviation’s ICON A5 Introduction to Flight team was on site with its amphibious light sport aircraft. Attendees had the opportunity to sit in the ICON A5 and operate the controls while learning about how airplanes fly. Many guests also tried their hand at flying a Gleim simulator for a virtual flight experience out of a nearby airport.
Also present at the show was the Civil Air Patrol (CAP), which had aircraft on display as well as information for anyone interested in becoming a member. Aviation Adventures Flight Schools had a display and representatives available to talk with those looking into flight training or earning a pilot’s license. EAA Chapter 1099 had members sharing about its Young Eagles program and how youth could sign up for a free airplane ride.
Overall, the event was a huge success for aviation enthusiasts to experience flights in vintage aircraft, see unique static displays and learn about the vast array of opportunities available in aviation.