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‘Wings and Wheels in the ‘Boat’ will debut

Susan Cunningham

Labor Day weekend in Steamboat Springs means rodeo shows, concerts — and, now, airplanes.

This year, “Wings and Wheels in the ‘Boat,” a free two-day event, is planned at the Steamboat Springs Airport.

With its proposed displays of old warbirds and innovative modern planes, antique cars and fast-diving radio-controlled airplanes, the event should attract families, aviation buffs and others to make for a “nice, rounded weekend,” Joe McNasby said.

McNasby is on the Yampa Valley Airport Commissioner Board of Directors and also is president of Northwest Colorado Aviators.

An important part of the event will be a tribute to troops from Northwest Colorado who are serving or have died in action in Iraq and Afghanistan. The tribute could include a military flyover.

“The goal in setting this up was to have a multifaceted event that will attract wide interest,” McNasby said.

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The event will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday during Labor Day weekend. The airport will not be closed during the event, but pilots will be given special instructions as they fly into or out of the airport.

Each airplane on display will be sponsored by a business associated with the airport, so the event will come at no cost to the city. McNasby expects a mix of about 25 airplanes, including some from World War II, as well as newer planes being introduced to aviation, such as modern six-passenger crafts that are affordable for medium-size businesses.

The car show will involve 50 antique and classic cars from residents and possibly from Denver, and the model and radio-controlled airplanes won’t be simply “the glue-together 1-foot model plane,” McNasby said. The aerobatics that the radio-controlled planes can do will give observers “the flavor of aerobatics without the risk,” he said.

The tribute to troops will take place at 11:30 a.m. Saturday. Residents in Northwest Colorado who have relatives serving abroad are asked to identify the name and unit of their relative serving and may want to supply a photo for the tribute, McNasby said.

Bus service from the Stock Bridge Transit Center to the airport will be provided for easy access, and the Civil Air Patrol will be serving breakfast and lunch both days.

“Our hope, or our objective, is that this becomes an annual event and really is something that coordinates with other activities in town,” McNasby said.

The event also will remind residents of the city airport’s importance to the community, he said.

“(The airport) really is a center of the community and a key asset to the community, and I don’t think a lot of people necessarily recognize that,” McNasby said.

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