There’s something for the whole family at Wings Over Wine Country. As you wander among the dozens of parked historic aircraft you’ll find military displays, great food and drinks, vendors of aircraft and military memorabilia, and much more. All this is open to you, so arrive early and plan to enjoy the whole day at the air show!
C-17 Globemaster III Walk-Through
The multi-service C-17 can carry large equipment, supplies and troops to small airfields in harsh terrain anywhere in the world day or night. First placed in service in the 1990’s it has delivered cargo in every worldwide operation since then. It is a premier transporter for military, humanitarian and peacekeeping missions. We will have one at Wings Over Wine Country 2016! It won’t be flying, but you will be able to walk through it and talk to the crew.
CH-47 Chinook Helicopter
Produced by Boeing, this American made twin-engine helicopter will be on display thanks to the US Army National Guard. This impressive aircraft has been in production and use since the 1960s. Used for heavy-lifting this utility aircraft has a top speed of 170 knots (196 mph). Here is fun video on the Chinook’s lifting capabilities. Come meet the crew and see it up close at the 2016 airshow!
Lots of Warbirds
Listen to the sound of these historic aircraft. These sleek warbirds of bygone eras remind us of deeds of heroism and duty. Each is a tribute to the men and women who flew them in defense of this country. Wings Over Wine Country is proud to present a spectacular collection of warbirds, many of which will fly in our Parade of Warbirds in the afternoon. Some will be on static display so you can get up close and count the rivets and talk to their owners, pilots, and crews.
Parade of Warbirds—Photo-Op Flybys
The sound of one P-51 Mustang and its V-12 Merlin engine is impressive. Several flying at once circling the field will be the experience of a lifetime, and Wings Over Wine Country will bring it to you. And it’s not just the P-51s. We expect lots of others to be flying. The roster changes right up to the last minute but in past years we have had F4-U Corsairs, F8F Bearcats, Hawker Sea Furys, B-25 Mitchells, a C-1 Trader, T-28 Trojans, F4F Wildcats, P-38 Lightnings, and many others. And of course the P-51s. The list of guest warbirds is still growing… You never know what you’ll see!
Sonoma County Sheriff’s Helicopter and SWAT Team
The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office maintains a cadre of highly trained, disciplined, and motivated deputies, who are specifically equipped and available to respond to critical and/or high-risk incidents. The SWAT team is equipped and trained in the use of a variety of methods for defusing the most dangerous situations facing law enforcement. They’ll demonstrate some of those tactics for you, as they swoop in on a helicopter in a mock hostage-rescue scenario.
Lockheed Jet Star
The Pacific Coast Air Museum will be introducing the newest addition to their collection this year, the Lockheed Jet Star Business Jet. Designed by the famed Kelly Johnson of Lockheed, the Jet Star ushered in the age of private business jet travel. PCAM’s Jet Star joined the collection with it’s final flight on April 30, 2016.
Tour the Pacific Coast Air Museum Collection
Here’s something extremely unusual at an air show: Your chance to peek into the cockpit of genuine historic military aircraft. That’s right—you can get a close look at the cockpit of an F-14 Tomcat, F-16 Viper, F-4 Phantom II, A-26 Invader, and about a dozen other historic aircraft from the Pacific Coast Air Museum’s collection. They’ll be right there at Wings Over Wine Country.
The following museum aircraft will be open for you to peruse during the show:
This list is subject to change without notice.
Flight Wing of the Pacific Coast Air Museum
The Flight Wing is devoted to restoring aircraft to FAA-approved flight condition, and to actually flying these aircraft. Restoration work is done by Flight Wing members under the guidance of FAA-approved mechanics and maintenance professionals. Anyone of any age or skill level can get involved. The Flight Wing will have its planes on display so come by and take a look at what the Pacific Coast Air Museum is doing to return these classic aircraft to the air where they belong. Some Flight Wing aircraft may actually be flying during the Air Show. The image at right shows the Flight Wing’s C-1A Trader.
Static Display of Classic Warbirds & the Experimental Aircraft Association
It wouldn’t be a proper air show without a fleet of historic aircraft for you to peruse! This year, in addition to the classics, the Santa Rosa chapter of the Experimental Aircraft Association will be displaying some of their member’s aircraft. Be sure to stop by and learn about the design and construction of these unique planes.
Radio Controlled (R/C) Aircraft Expo
Everyone loves model aircraft, and this is your chance to see some of the best Sonoma County has to offer. Again this year we are pleased to present the Wine Country Flyers Model Aircraft Club. They’ll demo a wide assortment of radio-controlled flying models: scale warbirds, extreme stunt planes, scale helicopters, slow-flying scale biplanes, stunt helicopters, big scratch-built masterpieces, and tiny electric-powered jobs you can buy right off the shelf at your local hobby shop. These aren’t just models—they are scale flying aircraft that can do practically everything their full-size counterparts can do, and sometimes more. All aircraft will be out where you can see them (please don’t touch!) and you’ll see plenty of flying action. The R/C flight demo will take place early in the morning when the winds are calm, so arrive early to make the most of it.
Armed Forces Recruiters
Be sure to visit the United States Air Force, USAF Academy and United States Navy Recruiters and join us for the Air Force Recruit swearing in on Saturday morning.