|By Carmelo Turdo – The Aero Experience|
The 2016 Pekin, IL Municipal Airport Wings and Wheels event last Saturday was a model fly-in that attracted local residents to experience aviation at their community airport. The sixth annual event featured about a hundred classic cars and motorcycles along with unique aircraft on display and flying throughout the day. World War II-era Stearman and T-6 trainers flew several circuits around the airport, and the aerial aerial crop spraying demonstration kept our eyes to the skies. As always, aviation people were happy to talk to the visitors and encourage them to learn about flying and their aircraft.
In Part 1 of this series, The Aero Experience will give a survey of the aircraft and activities available at the 2016 Wings and Wheels event. We have an aerial view of the airport courtesy of a flight with Peter Kalman in his R172K Hawk XP II. We will include the car show, the motorcycles on display and the Denham family with their Bigfoot wagon! Also featured are William Green’s Best in Show AT-6G Texan, a Stearman PT-17 Kaydet and E75 Super Stearman flying together, and rides given by JAARS (Jungle Aviation and Radio Services) in their Robinson R44 helicopter and Helio H-295 Courier STOL (short takeoff and landing) aircraft. A rare Piper L-4 Grasshopper with the Brodie System retrieval hook attached to the top of the wing and a variety of other aircraft were also on display. In later posts, we will feature the airport background and the JAARS organization in greater detail.