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Fabulous ’50s, Sensational ’60s & Antique Aeroplane Show

Saturday & Sunday, July 4 & 5 Open to the public at 9:30 AM – Admission: Adults: $12; Museum Members & Children under 18: Free

Relive the days of fuzzy dice and big fins at the Owls Head Transportation Museum’s Fabulous ’50s, Sensational ’60s Car Meet and Antique Aeroplane Show. Owners of autos from the industry’s most stylish decades are invited to exhibit their vehicles on Runway 17, the museum’s family-friendly outdoor exhibit area. Exhibitors are admitted free.

“From big fins to big engines, they’ll all be here,” said Museum executive director Charles Chiarchiaro. “If you’re a fan, you should be too.” Featured at the show will be early Thunderbirds and Mustangs, classic Corvettes, Woodies and more. “These are some of the most popular cars of our lifetimes,” says Chiarchiaro. Poodle skirts, bobby socks and James Dean-style jeans, leather jackets and t-shirts are also welcome!

What’s your favorite 50s or 60s car? A 1955 Chevy? A 1964 MGB? Or 1968 Chevelle SS? All attendees will have the opportunity to cast a ballot for either the People’s Choice or Kid’s Choice awards.

Owners of pre-1989 vehicles are also welcome to exhibit at this and all other Museum (non-auction) events at no charge. Visitors are encouraged to come early to guarantee seeing the highest concentration of exhibiting vehicles.

The antique aeroplane show will begin at 9:30 a.m., weather permitting. Aircraft conservator Karl Erickson and a team of volunteers have been working tirelessly on getting the Museum’s fleet of of World War I-era biplanes ready to take to the skies. Back on the flight line will be the 1917 Curtiss JN-4 or “Jenny” made popular by barnstormers of the 1920s. Also seeing action will be the 1917 Nieuport 28C.1, 1916 Sopwith Pup and of course, the 1917 Fokker DR.I triplane (aka the Red Baron) among others. An open flightline will allow visitors to get an up close look at the planes as well as talk to the pilots.

Coastal plane rides aboard the Museum’s 1941 Stearman and 1933 Waco biplanes and 1978 Piper Super Cub may be purchased by Musuem members at any time through the Museum store. Rides are sold to members only, however. Ride certificates do not expire and are transferable. The Super Cub and Stearman carry one passenger. The price is $95 and $200 respectively. The Waco carries two passengers and costs $350.

Rain or shine, visitors will have access to the Museum’s indoor collection of dozens of antique cars and pioneer aeroplanes. The Museum will showcase its newest exhibit, “Horse Power,” featuring horse-drawn vehicles used in transportation and commerce. We’ve all seen Conestoga wagons and stagecoaches on television or the movies but have you ever seen a real one up close? How about a genuine 19th-century gypsy wagon? All are on display in this impressive one-of-a-kind exhibition.

Event admission is $12 for adults. Children under 18 are free. The Museum’s newly expanded Museum Store will be open showcasing a large inventory of books, diecast models, children’s items and more.