Wings & Wheels - Tacoma Freedom Fair

Gig Harbor Wings & Wheels

Gig Harbor Wings & Wheels is back for its sixth year with activities for aviation, car and motorcycle enthusiasts alike.

The event runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 3 at the Tacoma Narrows Airport, located at 1202 26th Ave. NW in Gig Harbor.


Attendees will be able to watch airplane fly-bys, meet pilots, and purchase a spot on a flight aboard a Douglas DC-3 or biplane. Other highlights include a car and hot rod show, and watching Smoke-N-Thunder jet cars as they race down the runway at 300 miles per hour.

"Enjoy a day among historic planes and cool cars and motorcycles," said Lori Linenko, Tacoma Events Commission board chair and president. "History buffs can also sign up now for an unforgettable flight aboard the vintage Douglas DC-3."

The event also features food and arts and crafts vendors, a beer garden, and a kids' fun zone and activity center.


  • Adults 18 and older: $15
  • Seniors and Military ID card holders: $10
  • Kids 6 to 17: $5
  • Kids 5 and Under: FREE


Due to the limited parking at the Tacoma Narrows Airport, airport parking will only be available for those who purchase their tickets online before the event. Day-of-event ticket purchasers should use satellite parking at the St. Anthony's Family Medicine parking lot (4700 Point Fosdick Drive NW, Gig Harbor, WA 98335, click for map) in Gig Harbor and take one of the shuttle buses that run to the event every 15 minutes starting at 10:45 a.m. The last bus leaves the airport at 4:30 p.m.

Tickets available are limited. Buy your online tickets early to be sure you don't miss out!

  • 10:30 DC-3 Tour & Rides (Pre-scheduled)
  • 11:00 Gates Open
  • 12:00 National Anthem & Flag Ceremony or Presentation of Colors
  • 12:05 Opening Comments by Dignitary TBD (Pierce Co.)
  • 12:10 Flying activities
  • 12:45 Jet car race #1
  • 1:00 Open activities
    • Kids zone
    • Official meet & greet
    • Booths, planes, car show
  • 1:00 DC-3 Tour & Rides (Pre-scheduled)
  • 2:15 Flying activities
  • 3:00 Jet car race #2
  • 3:30 Car show winners announced with trophies
  • 3:30 DC-3 Tour & Rides (Pre-scheduled if necessary)
  • 4:00 Event Closes
  • 4:30 Last shuttle to offsite parking
  • Stearman Bi-plane
  • Extra 300
  • Harvard
  • P-51C Mustang
  • Other assorted vintage aircraft & warbirds
  • Car Show
  • Race Cars
  • Hot Rods
  • Jet Dragster
  • Special Interest Cars

Wings & Wheels - Tacoma Freedom Fair

Aviation enthusiasts can sign up now for an unforgettable flight aboard the vintage Douglas DC-3 during Gig Harbor Wings & Wheels on July 3 at the Tacoma Narrows Airport.

The 1-hour experience includes a tour of the Historic Flight Foundation's Douglas DC-3 and an approximately 30-minute flight. Flights will be offered at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Each flight can hold up to 12 passengers. Additional times may be offered if there is high demand.

"We encourage people to book their spot now to ensure they get to participate in this unique experience," said Lori Linenko, Tacoma Events Commission board chair and president.

The cost is $350 per person, and includes one free pass to Gig Harbor Wings & Wheels with proof of purchase. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Seats can be booked at here, or by calling Historic Flight Visitor Services at (425) 348-3200.

Spots on the DC-3 may be available the day of Gig Harbor Wings & Wheels. Visitors should check with the Main Admissions Gate.

The DC-3 will also make an appearance during the Tacoma Freedom Fair & Air Show, which takes place July 4 on the Ruston Way Waterfront. This event is also produced by the Tacoma Events Commission.

Smoke N Thunder

Don't miss the Smoke-N-Thunder jet car!

View the Smoke-N-Thunder at the Wings & Wheels event where they will race down the runway at the airport at 300 mph!

Can it get more AWESOME?!!

Find out more about this vehicle at their website:

Aircraft Appearances from 2015

  • Vicky Benzing Aerosports flying the Stearman
  • Renny Price Sukhoi SU-29
  • Dan Vance flying P-51 Speedball Alice
  • Harvard flown by Drew Watson
  • Harvard flown by David Watson
  • P-51C Mustang
  • The West Coast Ravens
  • C17 Globemaster III
  • TA-4J Skyhawk

Photos from Gig Harbor Wings & Wheels

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If you'd like to participate in Wings & Wheels with your car then fill out and return the PDF form. Entry will be limited to the first 250 vehicles to register. Download participant information and registration form (PDF).

Event Participant Arrival Instructions
Arrival is at 8:00 a.m. from 26th Ave. NW to the G gate by Helitrax. Car show vehicles should gather in the lot at the north end of the airport to be checked in and positioned for a parade to the display location in the center of the event.

Event Sponsors

Tacoma Events Commission.