Wings & Wheels set for landing at St. Louis Regional Airport
Area clubs and nonprofits are gearing up to showcase their craft and set up food and activity booths for the 29th Annual Wings & Wheels Open House to be held at St. Louis Regional Airport in East Alton.
The event highlighting planes, vintage vehicles and more runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 29, with follow-up activities on Sunday, Sept. 30.
Here is a recap of the expected participants:
Southern Illinois Camaro Club – Car Show (Saturday)
The Southern Illinois Camaro Club will again sponsor the car show at the open house. This year the club is expecting hundreds of hot rods, antique automobiles, custom cars, motorcycles, and of course, Camaros.The fully restored High Roller Monster Truck will be there in its 1985 glory.
Advance sign-up is not required. Participants just enter the show grounds from Highway 111 between 8 and 10 a.m. to register to find their place. There is no cost to participate. Details can be found on the club’s website at www.southernillinoiscamaroclub.com/monthly-newsletter.html
Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 864 – Fly In
The Fly In, coordinated by the Experimental Aircraft Association’s Bethalto Chapter #864 will host an assortment of modern Cessna, Beechcraft, and Piper aircraft, ultra lights, helicopters, and a few historic planes. Past years have also had specialty aircraft like gliders or a hovercraft.
This year’s special features include an Air & Space Museum display with a F-4 Cockpit. The club’s food stand will serve their barbecue pulled pork, hamburgers, hot dogs and soft drinks. To learn more about the local EAA Chapter see www.864.eaachapter.org/.
East Side Radio Control acrobatics and Ham Operators – Demonstrations
Another highlight of the show is radio controlled aerial acrobatics with the East Side RC Club’s extensive selection of large radio controlled model airplanes and helicopters. You can find East Side RCC online at www.eastsiderc.com/ or on Facebook. On the other side of the tarmac the Amateur Radio Emergency Service will set up a live broadcast demonstration.
Local nonprofits – food and activities
A number of local nonprofits like Rotary, the Legendary Mustang Sanctuary and MDA will also be supporting the event and providing activities or fundraising for community causes. Families are welcome to bring picnic baskets or enjoy BBQ and other tasty treats from booths set up by these organizations. Full meals will also be available at the airport’s restaurant, the High Flyers Grille.
EAA Young Eagles – Free Flights for Kids (Sunday)
On Sunday, Sept. 30, the day after the Wings and Wheels show, kids ages 8-17 can return with their parents for free flights sponsored by the EAA Chapter 864 Young Eagles.
Nationwide, the Young Eagles program has given more than 2 million a free introductory flight. The organization’s sole mission is to introduce and inspire kids in the world of aviation. You can learn more about the Young Eagles program at www.eaa.org/en/eaa/aviation-education-and-resources/eaa-youth-education/eaa-ye-program
The Legendary Mustang Sanctuary in Alhambra will have horses on-site for viewing and petting on Sunday. This makes great entertainment if there is a wait for flights and for siblings who don’t want to fly. Pictures of the horses and information on the sanctuary’s rescue work are available at www.legendarymustangsanctuary.org.
More information on the Fly In is available at www.stlouisregional.com.
PHOTO: A past Fly In.