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Third Wings and Wheels Expo at OC airport, Sat.

(Sept. 3, 2015) The Ocean City Aviation Association will host its third annual Wings and Wheels Expo at the Ocean City Airport on Saturday, featuring more than 100 privately owned aircraft, classic cars, antique military vehicles, jeeps and trucks from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
“It’s a neat time to be around airplanes and a good time for the public to interact with aircraft owners about their planes on display at the airport,” said Steve Habeger, a member of the OCAA.  “Normally you don’t have that option.”
About 500 people were in attendance last year and the same number is expected Saturday, Habeger said.
This year, more than a dozen privately-owned aircrafts, 60-75 antique and classic cars in addition to about a dozen military vehicles, jeeps and big trucks are expected to be showcased, he said.
Trophies and plaques will be awarded in a number of categories including best in show, top airplanes and military trucks, jeeps and vehicles at 2:30 p.m. with Mary Knight, secretary of the Ocean City Council, announcing the winners.
The highlight and featured airplane for aviation fanatics is the AT-6/SNJ advanced military trainer from World War II which was used by the United States Air Force and Navy.
“It’s a beautiful airplane,” said Coleman Bunting, treasurer of the OCAA. “It was manufactured in 1942 and used by naval pilots.”
Attendees will have a chance to win door prizes including oil changes, gift certificates to restaurants, golf packages, beach chairs, gas cards and lawn repairs every 10 minutes during the expo.
There will also be a 50/50 raffle at 2 p.m. Tickets cost $1 each or get seven for $5. Attendees do not need to be present to win.
Several vendors will be on site selling food, crafts and beer in addition to booths with representatives from the military, Worcester Humane Society, Natural Resources, Maryland State Police and the Civil Air Patrol.
Visitors have the option to skydive, ride in an airplane or helicopter over Ocean City for a fee, Bunting said.
Admission to the event is $5 for adults and free for children under 12. Proceeds will go toward maintaining the historic Huey Veterans Memorial helicopter display at the Ocean City Municipal Airport.
Visit the Wings & Wheels Expo Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the airport. To get there from Ocean City, cross the Route 50 bridge and turn left onto Route 611, Stephen Decatur Highway, toward Assateague. Proceed about two miles to Airport Road on the left (12724 Airport Rd., Berlin, Md. 21811).
For more information, call the airport at 410-213-2471, or Bunting at 410-726-7207.