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Wings, Wheels & Keels to feature ‘spot landing’ contest for pilots

Wings, Wheels & Keels on Saturday, September 28, at Hummel Airfield in Topping will feature an airplane “spot landing” contest, that tests pilots’ skill when landing. (Photo by Tom Chillemi)

Antique and classic planes, cars and boats will converge for the 18th annual Wings, Wheels & Keels show to be held Saturday, September 28, from 8 a.m.-4 Hummel Airfield on Route 3 at Topping.

Spot landing
New this year is an airplane “spot landing” contest, which tests the pilots’ skills when landing. The competition begins at 10 a.m.

The pilot who places his aircraft’s wheels closest to or on a yellow line on the runway on touchdown will win $2,000, to be paid in $2 bills. “We see it as our own little Hummel Airport reality show,” said Jamie Barnhardt, who founded Wings Wheels & Keels. “This should be pretty exciting for the pilots and spectators.”

A scoreboard will be used to help spectators stay in the loop. There will be double-elimination with a final shootout.

Also, Wings, Wheels & Keels will have more than 150 antique and classic cars, numerous aircraft, and more than a dozen boats.

Antique airplanes with a premiere showing of select seaplanes, and a helicopter are among the antique, ultra-light and experimental aircraft to be displayed.

In addition, a rare vehicle, which is being restored, is scheduled to be unveiled to its owner at the show.

There is no admission fee, and there is a parking donation requested. All parking proceeds benefit the nearby Hartfield Volunteer Fire Department.

Fun for all
There will be a children’s carnival, antique firetruck parade, arts and crafts, and Chesapeake Bay style foods. There will be many exhibits from the Reedville and Deltaville maritime museums, including Captain John Smith’s replica shallop, Explorer, which was built at the Deltaville Maritime Museum. For more information, check out this recap of last year or call 758-2753.

posted 09.18.2013

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