Seaplane event returns to Keuka Lake

Sep 14, 2023 at 11:16 am by Observer-Review

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BY Samantha Lape-Kesel
HAMMONDSPORT--Get ready for a day of high-flying excitement as the Hammondsport Wings and Wheels celebration returns Saturday, Sept. 16. This annual event promises to deliver a showcase of aviation and automotive marvels.
“The seaplane fly-in is a really exciting part of Wings & Wheels,” said James Quint, executive director of Glenn H. Curtiss Museum. “There are several features of it such as the grapefruit bomb drop contest, landing contest and flyover of the Curtiss gravesite. The flyover of two dozen seaplanes is a really special way to commemorate the father of naval aviation, Glenn Curtiss.”
The day runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with various highlights throughout the event. From 10:30 a.m. to noon, there are seaplane take-off and landing contests and the aerial dropping contest. At 12:30 p.m. the Hammondsport Fire Department will give a demonstration of the fire boat. From 1 to 2 p.m., there will be the salute to Glenn H. Curtiss with a flyover. Awards will be presented at 3:30 p.m. View the full schedule of events at
While the skies will be alive with excitement, the expo also promises a ground-level automotive spectacle. Classic car enthusiasts will have the opportunity to marvel at an array of cars ranging from very early examples to American muscle, street rods, foreign and American exotic sports cars.
The Hammondsport Wings and Wheels event is more than just a display of machines; it’s a family-friendly event with activities for all ages. Kid activities, food trucks, ice cream, and drinks will be available in Depot Park.
A free shuttle service will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and operate in a loop with stops at the Depot Park for the seaplanes, food trucks, and kids activities, the village square where the car show will be, and at the Hammondsport Central School and The Glenn H. Curtiss Museum parking lots.
After the expo, there will be a dinner with pilots among a historic aircraft. Cocktails at 6 p.m., followed by dinner, auction, and awards. Bid on unique items to support the Curtiss Museum. Museum staff will be available to answer questions. This event is open to the public. You can register and purchase your $75 per person ticket at the Glenn H. Curtiss Museum website
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