2007 Wheels and Wings Airshow


Millville Municipal Airport, New Jersey


May 26-27, 2007


Airshow report updated on June 5, 2007.

 



 

 

It has been two years since I was last at Millville, which is a rare occurrence, since I am only an hour's drive from Millville Airport.  Last year's show fell on the same weekend as the Rhode Island show and an airshow in Westfield, which had the Thunderbirds and Blue Angels, respectively.  The Snowbirds were at an airshow in Canada, which meant that Millville did not have a jet team that year.  However, bad weather, which included a lot of torrential rain, hindered all three airshows that weekend.  I had originally planned on attending just the Rhode Island show, but at the last minute, booked a hotel in Connecticut and decided that I would also attend Westfield's show.  Rhode Island was Friday/Saturday and Westfield on Sunday, and it worked out for me.  However, the Saturday show at Rhode Island was completely washed out, save for a few acts to get in the air to fly some sort of performance.  I heard that the Sunday show there fared much worse, whereas even with the low ceilings, Westfield got a full show in both days, making me glad I went to Westfield on Sunday.

Millville got a soaking rainfall after their Saturday show, which forced the cancellation of the Sunday show.  That did not stop anyone from putting together a 2007 show, and the Blue Angels decided to add Millville to their shows for the year.  The entire weekend ended up being very hot and hazy, which hindered chances of getting decent pictures of anything.  The Blue Angels, fresh off a short break in the action as a result of losing LCDR Kevin Davis, were present, as well as LCDR Craig "Merlin" Olson flying the #6 position.  The Blues flew a high show on Saturday (I was at Jones Beach on Sunday), with Merlin flying all of the solo maneuvers but not joining up for the delta, as he had not yet been cleared to fly in the delta during airshow days (he did so during the practice show and for the Naval Academy flyover).

New to Millville this year were Rob Holland, the Red Eagle Aerobatic Team, and Greg Poe.  Rob Holland had sold his Ultimate biplane to purchase an MX-2 (they are the hot new ticket in aerobatics nowadays), and since Greg Poe was in attendance with his MX-2, Rob decided to fly a performance in the Pitts Model 12, which resembles an older biplane and fitted with a Russian engine - quite an unusual combination.  A B-1B Lancer from Ellsworth AFB provided three thunderous passes, as two aircraft were temporarily based at John F. Kennedy Airport for the two airshows (Jones Beach got the other Bone).

However, the real story belongs to Jim Beasley Jr.  Millville marked the United States airshow debut of Jim's newest acquisition, a P-51C Mustang nicknamed Princess Elizabeth.  The Princess was purchased from England and shipped over to the United States in February, having been crated and slated to be rebuilt by none other than Steve Hinton.  Jim's original plan was to have the Princess for the Heritage Flight Conference in early March, but the FAA prevented that.  The aircraft was built, ready to fly, but not according to the FAA.  For any aircraft that was registered in, say, Canada or anywhere else in the world, it must be reregistered for its new owner in the United States, and for that, a new airworthiness certificate must be issued.  It took over two months for the paperwork to get properly documented, signed, and approved, and Jim had the plane in his hangar the Thursday before Millville's show.

The Princess' first airshow performance was on the Friday practice show, as Jim put her through his standard aerobatic routine just prior to joining up for the Heritage Flight with Baron in the F-15.  On Saturday's show, Jim had to fly home because of a "gear sequencing valve" problem, which resulted in the clamshell doors not closing upon retracting the landing gear.  The problem was fixed that night and the plane was test-flown, and flown to Millville the next morning and in the afternoon without any problems.  I should make a mention that a gentleman by the name of Ed Small took time out to check out the P-51C before any flying took place.  Jim escorted Mr. Small (as well as myself, my dad, and another ASBer) out to the plane for pictures and a walk-around.  Mr. Small was a P-51A pilot during World War II was very delighted to see a razorback Mustang at Millville that weekend.

Overall, this year's show was not too bad.  David Schultz and his team put on a very nice show that ran pretty well throughout the entire day and I look forward to next year's show.

 


 

Static Display Listings for the 2007 Wheels and Wings Airshow

 

Aircraft Unit/Squadron Home Base Registration Notes
B-25 Mitchell MAAM Reading, PA 43-27638 Briefing Time
B-25 Mitchell Rag Wings and Radials   44-30734, N9079Z Panchito
B-25 Mitchell   Millville, NJ NL9456Z  
BT-13 Valiant       Cumberland Belle
BAE Strikemaster     NX2146J Striking nose art
Beech 18        
Beechcraft Bonanza Fagen Air   N6066S  
C-54E Skymaster BAHF Queens, NY N500EJ  
C-130E Hercules   New Castle, DE 64-0206  
CF-18B Hornet 425 Sqn 3 Wing Bagotville, PQ 188921  
Cessna 170B     N4511C  
Cessna 172     N410BS  
Cessna 172     N346BS  
Cessna 310     N3452Q  
Convair 580 FAA Atlantic City, NJ N39  
E-2C Hawkeye   NAVSTA Norfolk, VA 165304  
F4U Corsair   Millville, NJ   Marine's Dream
Fairchild ???     NC81363  
F/A-18A+ Hornet VMFA-312 MCAS Beaufort, SC 163102  
F/A-18A+ Hornet VMFA-312 MCAS Beaufort, SC 163129  
F/A-18D Hornet VMFA(AW)-533 MCAS Beaufort, SC 164874  
F/A-18D Hornet VMFA(AW)-533 MCAS Beaufort, SC    
F/A-18E Super Hornet VFA-115 NAS Lemoore, CA 165791  
King Air 350 FAA Atlantic City, NJ N70  
L-??     22196, N518??  
L-6     N46336  
L-29 Delphin     N29DJ  
L-39 Albatross   Millville, NJ N9016N  
L-39 Albatross     N29VP  
L-39 Albatross     N339ZA  
L-39 Albatross        
O-1 Bird Log     N715DT  
P-47 Thunderbolt   Millville, NJ    
PT-17 Stearman     N634JM  
Piper Cub     N78555  
Pitts Special     N600RF  
Pitts Special     N79D  
Pitts Special     N914  
Ryan Navion     N4037K  
SH-60 Seahawk VX-1 NAS Patuxent River, MD 166406  
T-6 Texan     N6437D  
UH-1 Huey   Andrews AFB, MD 96669  
Unknown Possibly a Breezy   N119CK  
Unknown Twin   Unregistered  


 



Military Demonstration Teams

  • US Navy Blue Angels


Tentative Military Demonstrations

  • B-1B Lancer Flyby
  • C-5 Galaxy Flyby
  • F-15 Eagle West Coast Demo Team
  • KC-135E Stratotanker Flyby
  • USCG HH-65 Dauphin SAR Demonstration


Civillian Performers

  • Greg Poe
  • Tim Weber
  • Rob Holland
  • Jim Beasley, Jr.
  • Red Eagle Air Sports
  • Red Star Formation Team
  • Allen Smith
  • Don Bailey
  • Warbird Reviews
  • USAF Heritage Flight

Note that Greg and Tim will be doing a two-ship aerobatic performance, quite possibly a fly-off.


Participating Organizations

  • David Schultz Airshows
  • FAA Williams Hughes Technical Center (Fire Truck Demo)
  • RC Modelers
  • Warbirds Over Long Island
  • Berlin Airlift Historical Foundation
  • Rag Wings & Radials (Panchito)
  • Mid-Atlantic Air Museum (Briefing Time)


Announcer: Howdy McCann


Gates Open: 9:00 AM Saturday and Sunday


Showtime: 11:00 AM - 4:30 PM Saturday and Sunday





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