Historic Flying Boat To Attend Wings & Wheels

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A restored Curtiss Model F flying boat is scheduled to be in attendance at this year’s Wings & Wheels benefit event at Keuka Lake in Hammondsport, New York, on Sept. 15 and 16. The aircraft first flew off of Keuka Lake 104 years ago. It is owned by the Massachusetts-based Collings Foundation and was recently restored by Century Aviation in Wenatchee, Washington. The Model F will be assembled on-site and, if conditions allow, take a short flight over the lake.

Sponsored by the Glenn H. Curtiss Museum, the two-day Wings & Wheels event combines seaplanes and classics cars for a variety of activities including seaplane takeoff and landing competitions, spectator-judged car shows, seaplane rides and a banquet held at the museum. So far, event organizers say that 18 aircraft are registered with more expected to sign up in the week before the show. There will also be show space available for approximately 80 classic and exotic cars each day.

Proceeds from the event go to the nonprofit Glenn Curtiss Museum, which sees more than 30,000 visitors come through its doors each year. 2017 was the first year for the combined seaplane and car show—earning a name change to Wings & Wheels—but the museum has been flying restored and replica aircraft since 1999. Funds are used to support facility care and maintenance, exhibits, collections care and public programming.

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