Wings and Wheels at the Campbell River Airport was an outstanding success. The weather was perfect, everyone was hyped and the Spitfire flew.
The event was initiated by the car club North Island Cruisers in support of TeenFlight, the group of teens who are building a Vans RV12. Additional support comes from the Campbell River Airport Authority, Sealand Aviation and many companies and individuals from the area.
This year the featured plane was a Spitfire owned by Historic Flight Foundation, a museum located at Paine Field near Seattle. It is flown by the amazing John Sessions.
Pacific Airsports put on sky diving displays, the Campbell River Fire Department set fire to a car, (and put it out), and two awesome bands, The Sugar Maples and the new East of Eden kept the beat happening.
An unexpected and successful event was a garage sale selling an eclectic mix of items, run by the TeenFlight mentors.
The airport's cafe, Fuel Up Cafe sponsored a beer garden, where people could sit to enjoy the music.
The trailer that VM Aerospace used to bring their Hawker Typhoon JP843 made a great stage for the bands.
There were over 200 amazing cars on display, from collectors to classics to some that were just a little odd. Check out the slideshow below. We didn't get pictures of the trucks, tractors and impressive motorbikes.
The Air Cadets flew in from Comox, towing a glider. It may well be the first glider ever to land at CYBL.
The reason behind Wings and Wheels is to raise the awareness of aviation in Campbell River and to raise money for TeenFlight. The TeenFlight plane is virtually finished and is beautiful. They will get it certified and flown, then sell it to finance another kit to build.
North Island Cruisers, and The Campbell River Airport Authority, the crew and mentors at Teen Flight and all their supporters and sponsors, especially the volunteers, made the day a success.
A big thank you to 49 North Helicopters, Aero Sport Power Ltd., Aerosmith Heli Services, ASAP Avionics, Associated Tire, Atlantic Aircraft Salvage, Aviall, Campbell River Pro Tech, Christine Fordham, Citizens on Patrol, Class ‘A” Interiors, Coast Environmental, Corilair, Deal Photography, E & B Helicopters, John Calderwood, Grant Illuminated Signs, Helifor, Historic Flight Foundation, Layne Robert Craig, North Island Communications, OK Tire, OnLine Gourmet, Pacific Airsports, Photo Tech Photo Services, Rod Hall,MBE, Rotor Maxx Support Ltd., Sealand Flight, Skye Avionics, Strathcona Toyota, Vector Aerospace, VIH Helicopters, VIH Helicopters, Walcan Fisheries and Western Propeller
Pictures courtesy of Bob Kobzey, John Deal, Greg Koopman, and Rod Hall.