Wings and Wheels attracts big crowd

Bob Lambert drives a tractor-powered airplane ride during Wings and Wheels at Venango Regional Airport on Saturday. (By Sydney Herdle)
From staff reports

The annual Wings and Wheels cruise-in drew thousands of automobile and aviation enthusiasts to Venango Regional Airport in Franklin on Saturday.

Hundreds of classic cars, tractors, semis and aircraft drove and flew in and out of the airport for the one-day event, which marked its 11th year this year. Helicopter rides, tours and a partially-inflated hot air balloon also provided activities for families.

Among the main attractions of the event were Beach City Baby, a World War II paratrooper plane; and a Stinson World War II surveillance plane. Attendees were able to tour the inside of the Beach City Baby and learn about the histories of both planes.

Beach City Baby is being housed at the Venango airport and is being restored by a group of volunteers.