Wings, Wheels & Keels: Showing how people have traveled through the decades
|Hummel Airfield at Topping was a hub of activity last Saturday as the 19th Annual Wings, Wheels & Keels festival brought together a wide variety of classic and exotic vehicles from air, land and sea. (Photo by Tom Chillemi)|
by Tom Chillemi
People love their vehicles. No where was that more evident than at the 19th Annual Wings, Wheels & Keels (WWK) show last Saturday at Hummel Airfield in Topping.
Attendance was estimated at 4,200. There were 192 cars or trucks entered, and more than 80 aircraft flew in, including a pair of World War II training planes.
Carey had commissioned the boat, which was built by a firm in Bealton, Va. He explained the various dials that the engineer must watch to keep the massive boiler working efficiently. The huge bronze propeller spins at a leisurely 40 rpm.
It took them less than 6 months, working on it every day, to assemble thousands of parts into a flying machine. It’s powered by a 100-horsepower Rotax engine that propels it to a 100 mph cruising speed, while it sips just 4.5 gallons of fuel per hour.
This is Brittle’s 11th plane, and he lands and takes off on his private grass airstrip at his home in Charles City County, and keeps it in a converted horse barn.
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