Back again for the 7th year, the Gig Harbor Wings and Wheels Air Show and Car Show will be back at the Tacoma Narrows Airport on July 2nd, 2017. This event will feature many different aspects to include – multiple live aerobatic performances and fly-overs, dozens of planes on static display, a 200+ count car show, vendors, delicious food, a beer garden, and activities for the kids. The event will run from 11:00 AM till 4:00 PM.
Schedule of Events
|11:00 AM||Gates Open|
|12:00 PM||National Anthem & Flag Ceremony/Presentation of Colors|
|12:05 PM||Opening Ceremony by Pierce County Dignitary (TBD)|
|12:10-1:00 PM||Live Flying Activities and Jet Car Race|
|1:00-2:15 PM||Open Activities – Vendors, Food, Kids Activities, Static Display Planes, Meet/Greet Performers, Car Show, Live Music|
|2:15-3:15 PM||Live Flying Activities and Jet Car Race|
|3:30 PM||Car Show Winners Announced|
|4:00 PM||Event Closes|
|4:30 PM||Last Shuttle Leaves Event for Offsite Parking|
To purchase tickets for Wings and Wheels, follow the link below.
Wings and Wheels Tickets
To purchase onsite parking passes, click below.
Onsite Parking Passes
If you would like to donate via PayPal, click the link below.
Parking for the Event!
Onsite parking for the 2017 Gig Harbor Wings and Wheels event is $5 per car. This will give you the opportunity to park on the north end of the tarmac and be close to the air show, car show, and events throughout the day. Parking is limited to the first 300 who purchase their ticket. While there may be some onsite parking still available on the day of the event, we highly suggest to use our FREE offsite parking.
The event will have FREE shuttle buses running all day to and from the St. Anthony’s Medical Clinic (4700 Pt. Fosdick Dr NW Gig Harbor, WA 98335). Park at the allotted parking areas at St. Anthony’s for FREE and take a FREE shuttle bus to and from the event. The buses will run every 15-30 minutes with the first bus leaving to the airport around 10:45am and the last bus leaving the airport at 4:30pm.
Air Boss One
Air Boss One has collectively provided professional-grade Air Boss services for the following:
Our experience with top tier performers includes but is not limited to: USMC Marine Air-Ground Task Force Demo; Air Combat Command’s F-22, F-16 & A-10 Demo Teams; Heritage Flight; US Navy Hornet Demo Team; USMC Harrier Demo Team; C-17 Demo; Patriot Jet Team; Breitling Jet Team’s Inaugural US tour; Sean D Tucker’s Team Oracle; Col. John Klatt’s ANG & Jack’s Links Teams; Mike Wiskus’ Team Lucas Oil; Team Red Bull featuring Kirby Chambliss, Chuck Aaron & Parachute Team; Flying Heritage Collection; Historic Flight Foundation; Heritage Flight Museum; Smoke-N-Thunder Jet Car and many others.
We have attended every ICAS Air Boss Academy, training session and safety-stand-down since 2008.
The mission of the Cascade Warbirds is to preserve and display vintage warplanes. Not just so they can be displayed in a museum — all buffed up and shiny — but in action, flying in the sky! And that’s just what this group — comprised of 250 members including former pilots, veterans and vintage aircraft enthusiasts – do. Several of the goals of this organization is to promote and encourage the flying preservation and display of Warbird aircraft as well as to foster, promote, and engage in aviation education.
Greg Howard started flying in 1974, doing odd jobs at the airport to pay for flying lessons. He got his private pilot’s license and eventually got his own plane – a 1947 Luscombe. He used the Luscombe to commute to work, but like any commute, it quickly became boring. So to combat the boredom, Greg began doing basic aerobatics on his way to and from work.
After the Luscombe and a few Pitts’, Greg now flies the G-200. At 900 pounds with 200 HP this carbon fiber aircraft is high energy and high performance.
Greg has been performing precision aerobatics in the Northwest since 1980 and has over 3,800 aerobatic hours logged. He is a five-time Northwest Regional Aerobatic Champion in the Unlimited category and former member of the US National Aerobatic Team. Greg’s sequence is constantly moving and virtually all the action is tightly packed towards show center.
Ken grew up around the Abbotsford Airport and the world-famous Abbotsford International Airshow. While working at his family’s farm, he would often be caught looking up to the sky to catch a Cessna landing or the Air Cadets towing yet another glider up to altitude. As a little boy, he would sit on a wooden-rail fence each August, and watch in awe as amazing pilots, heroes to a young boy enraptured by the magic of flight, flew their airplanes through incredible loops and hammerheads at the annual airshow.
Ken’s announcing career took off under the expert tutelage of announcing mentors, Bob Singleton and Roy Hafeli eight years ago. Since then, he has had the privilege of announcing airshows both as one-half of H2A2 Airshow Announcers or as a solo announcer across Western Canada and the United States including Abbotsford, BC, Airdrie, AB Bassano, AB, Dawson Creek, BC, Fort St. John, BC, Lethbridge, AB, Madras, OR, Paine Field, WA, Peace River, AB, Rocky Mountain House, AB, Tacoma, WA, Vancouver, BC (Celebration of Light) and Historic Flight Foundation – Vintage Aircraft Weekend, WA. Ken also has the great honour of being one of the only civilian announcers to have narrated an official performance of the CAF Snowbirds.
Ken’s love for airplanes & airshows, coupled with his experience as a private pilot and as an actor, director & producer, make him an ideal member of any airshow announcing team, providing airshow fans with informative and entertaining commentary that puts people right in to the cockpit. His motto for announcing is “Entertain – Inform – Inspire”.
Historic Flight Foundation
At the Historic Flight Foundation, our mission goes beyond serving as trustees of an era. We want you to experience the roar of our F8F “Wampus Cat” taking off. Watch engineers at work restoring the aircraft to flying condition. Share the rush of viewing international treasures from all angles.
Whether you’re an experienced aviator, a student of history, or a newcomer to our world, we want to spark and fuel your passion—both for aviation and for epiphanies born from hard labor. Our heroes did not leap from the bathtub shrieking, “Eureka!” They scrawled a sketch on a piece of paper. Got interested in an impossible challenge. And then they dove into the work. The reward? Innovation that astonished both them and us, and that continues to change our world.
The Juranich Brothers
The Juranich Brothers Aircraft Collection comprises one of Washington’s premier collections of painstakingly restored antique aircraft. Bob and Bill Juranich return all these airplanes to flying condition with some select, dedicated individuals. The collection consists of some really rare airplanes like the Command Aire and Taylor Cub, as well as the very Piper J-3 that Bob learned to fly in many years ago. Look for these planes on display: 1928 Eaglerock Biplane (under restoration), 1929 Command Aire. (Flying), 1930 Monocoupe Model 90 (Project), 1931 Waco INF (Flying), 1935 Taylor E-2 (under restoration), 1935 Piper J-2 (Project), 1946 Piper J-3 (Flying), 1946 Piper PA -12 (Flying), 1953 Cessna 195 (Flying), and a 1972 Stolp Starduster Too (Flying).
Veteran airshow pilot and performer John Mrazek along with his Harvard Mark IV, “Pussycat II,” will dazzle audiences, spectators, or anyone watching with a spectacular aerial ballet. With lots of noise, smoke, and skill, John’s aerobatic performance will bring the entire airshow crowd to a standstill.
For a beautiful turbo-jet aerobatic and formation display, John is joined by his son Richard, both flying L29 Delfin’s. Richard also flies a graceful aerobatic display in a Yak 18T.
John is a well known aerobatic airshow performer with over twenty five years experience flying the airshow circuit. When John is not flying airshows, he is instructing in the art of aerobatics, formation flying, and float flying. John also acts as an ICAS approved Airshow Certificate Evaluator.
As incredible as their airborne performances are, John and Richard realize that their effort on the ground is just as critical to the success of the show. Before and after each performance, you can find both signing autographs, taking pictures, and conversing with the fans to give even the biggest of events a personal touch that leaves the fans with an experience unmatched by any other professional sporting or entertainment event.
Hammerhead Aerobatics pilot Renny Price is a retired airline captain and has logged over 23,000 hours since his first flight in 1969. Renny holds FAA ratings of Airline Transport Pilot, Flight Engineer, Multi-engine instrument flight instructor, Aerobatic competency evaluator, and FAA safety counselor. When he is not performing airshows, he flies an Astra private jet.
World-class aerobatics are a spectacle, but almost nothing comes close to the performance of the Russian designed and built Sukhoi-29. The Sukhoi is considered to be the very best two place unlimited competition aircraft in the world today!
Renny and his SU-29 are based just south of Portland, Oregon at the Aurora State Airport! You will not want to miss this home state talent!
Smoke ‘n Thunder
One of the most riveting events at an Air Show is the moment Smoke-n-Thunder JetCar takes on a plane in a race to the finish line. Who is faster by land or air? Accelerating from zero to almost 400 mph in just nine seconds, Smoke-n-Thunder is the fastest JetCar in the Air Show Industry.
The JetCar pilot Bill Braack is a 20-year veteran of the Air Force Reserve. He know there is no room for error when handling a car that is equipped with a 12,000 horsepower engine. As a plane flies in low and fast, Braack selects full afterburner and overtakes the plane in just seconds.
Born and raised in California, Vicky Benzing is an accomplished pilot, skydiver, aerobatic performer, and air racer. With more than 7500 hours of flight time and over 1200 parachute jumps, Vicky has a passion for everything airborne. Her flying career has spanned over thirty years and she currently holds an Airline Transport Pilot rating as well as commercial ratings in helicopters, seaplanes, and gliders.
Vicky still remembers her first flight in her uncle’s small airplane when she was just a small child. Inspired by that flight at a very young age, Vicky learned to fly in a family friend’s antique Taylorcraft in her hometown of Watsonville, on the California coast. She was thrilled by the spins, loops, and rolls that her ex-military instructor taught her and subsequently took aerobatic instruction from legendary pilot Amelia Reid.
In 2005, Vicky began her aerobatic training in earnest. She started competing in aerobatic contests throughout the US, working her way up through the many categories. In between contests, Vicky also began performing in local air shows. Today Vicky holds a surface level aerobatic waiver and has flown over 200 air show performances at venues across the US, including performing at the largest airshow in the world, EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, WI.
In addition to aerobatics, in 2010 Vicky got the racing bug when a friend invited her to “come play in my sandbox” at the National Championship Air Races in Reno, NV. In that initial race week Vicky was chosen “Rookie of the Year” after winning her first race ever. She currently competes in multiple race classes, both the Sport Class and the Jet Class, and in 2015 Vicky made history as the “Fastest Woman Racer” ever in the history of the Reno Air Races when she qualified a one-of-a-kind L-139 jet on the race course at 469.831 mph. Vicky is currently serves as an officer of both the Sport Class Air Racing Association and of Racing Jets, Inc. (Photo credit – Tyson Rininger)
Get ready for a different kind of performance as Will Allen, the “Rock n Roll Airshow Man”, puts on a show that is a combination aerial display and rock concert! Using state of the art broadcasting equipment, Will is able to sing and announce live from the airplane in a way never done before.
Flying to his custom-written soundtrack, he sings and interacts with the crowd, giving the feel of a lead singer getting the fans on their feet at a concert. The music was arranged and recorded in Will’s home recording studio with the help of his many professional musician friends- even including a full horn section, which gives the rock music an energy and power that compliments the maneuvers of the Rock n Roll Pitts. Our team on the ground, controlling our specialized equipment, adapts music cues dynamically, taking real-time direction from Will, which makes the music sound like a live band. Audience members will want to be up front and by the speakers for this show so they can get up and cheer when the Rock n Roll crew launch T-shirts into the crowd!