Wings and Wheels takes off Saturday

Article by Steve Garbacz of KPC Media

KENDALLVILLE — Whether you’re interested in vehicles that move on land or by air, Kendallville Municipal Airport’s annual Wings and Wheels event has you covered.

And this year, you’ll have an unique opportunity to get up in the sky in a World War II-era B-25 bomber.

The fourth annual Wings and Wheels at the airport is Saturday, starting off bright and early at 7 a.m. and running to 4 p.m. As the name suggests, the event is the airport’s annual fly-in and car show, along with other events.

The highlight of this year’s show is the return of the B-25 Mitchell bomber, which last visited Kendallville in 2016. The aircraft saw wide use across the globe in the 1940s and was the plane used during the famous Doolittle Raid in which American pilots bombed Tokyo.

What’s different this time around is that Kendallville negotiated a special rate for people who want to take a ride up in the B-25. Usually more than $400 for a long flight, visitors will be able to take a 10-15 minute “pattern flight” around Kendallville for $145.

Falcon Aviation will also be providing rides in single-engine planes available for purchase, with free rides of kids under 17 and $20 for anyone older.

If heights and aircraft give you the jitters, there will be plenty to do around the airport on the ground. The wheels portion of the event includes a car show and the event will also include a bounce house for kids, bake sale supporting the animal shelter, educational booths and displays and a performance by the East Noble High School band at noon.

If you’re hungry, a pancake breakfast will be served from 7-11 a.m., following by lunch from 11-2 p.m.

Visitors are encouraged to bring their lawn chairs and hang out for the entire day.

Wings and Wheels is supported by Falcon Aviation; Airframe Components by Williams Inc.; Kendallville Iron and Metal; the airport Board of Aviation Commissioners, WAWK radio station and the City of Kendallville.