2015 Event Review

WINGS AND WHEELS AIR EXPO 2015 June 20th and 21st, 2015

Location: Teterboro Airport, Teterboro, NJ
Admission: Adults $15, Seniors & Children $8, Under 3 FREE. Veterans (proudly wearing a veterans cap of any kind), and Active Duty Military (with I.D.) FREE.
Parking: Off-ste
Value: Excellent
Rating out of 10: 7.5 as it was not truly an airshow
 
MCAS Yuma base commander
The B-17G taking passengers for a ride
The Wings and Wheel Air Expo 2015 took place at Teterboro Airport in Teterboro, NJ on Father's Day Weekend – June 20th and 21st. This event included static displays of many WWII aircraft including:
Yankee Lady, a Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, was built by the Vega Division of Lockheed Aircraft Corporation at Burbank, California. It was delivered to the USAAF on July 16, 1945 and placed in storage at South Plains Field, Texas along with other brand new B-17s. This aircraft did not fly any combat missions during WWII. The Yankee Lady has been pained in the markings of a typical B-17G assigned to the 534th Bombardment Squadron, 381st Bombardment Group, 8th Air Force flying out of RAF Ridgewell in England in late 1944. This color scheme is a memorial to the late Joseph Slavik who flew 35 missions as a pilot with the 381st. Rides on the Yankee Lady were available for $450.
Curtiss-Wright SB2C Helldiver, the last remaining flying example of this true dive bomber produced for the US Navy. The SB2C's were responsible for more ship tonnage sunk during WWII than any other aircraft. The crew of the Helldiver remained with the aircraft throughout the show to answer questions and conduct tours of the amazing aircraft. Rides were also available for $1,000.
Republic P-47 Thunderbolt, one of the largest and heaviest aircraft in history to be powered by a single piston engine. It was built from 1941-1945 and was heavily armed with eight .50-caliber machine guns, four per wing. When fully loaded, the P-47 weighed eight tons and could carry bomb loads up to 2,500 pounds. The P-47 was designed around the powerful Pratt & Whitney R-2800 Double Wasp engine. The Thunderbolt first flew in late May 1940 and was very effective as a short-to-medium range escort fighter in high altitude air-to-air combat. When deployed as a fighter-bomber with it usual "double quartet" of heavy-calibre M2 Browning machine guns, it proved especially adept at ground attacks in both the WWII European and Pacific theaters.
Grumman TBF Avenger was a torpedo bomber developed initially for the US Navy and Marine Corps. The Avenger entered the US Service in 1942 and first saw action in the Battle of Midway. Despite the loss of 5 of the 6 avengers on it combat debut, it survived in service to become one of the outstanding torpedo bombers of WWII. It was greatly modified after the war and remained in service until the 1960's
MH-65 Dolphin flew in from Atlantic City, NJ. This H-65D helicopter is the Coast Guard's most ubiquitous aircraft, certified for operations in all-weather and nighttime operations, with the exception of icing conditions. It is the primary Coast Guard aircraft used aboard certified cutters during deployments. FLIR, a heads-up display and other avionics aboard the Dolphin are being installed as part of the ongoing conversion-sustainment initiative to maintain the airframe for the foreseeable future.
Beechcraft T-34 Mentor is a propeller-driven, single-engine military trainer aircraft derived from the Beechcraft Model 35 Bonanza. It is powered by a turboprop engine and has remained in service for more than six decades.
Report and photography by Brian R. Veprek for The Aviation Magazine

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