The Props and Pistons Festival returns to Akron-Fulton Municipal Airport Aug. 18 and 19, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. offering flying demonstrations, aircraft on display, and even and automobile and custom motorcycle show.
The event offers visitors a chance to get up-close and personal through airplane tours, warbird, biplane and helicopter rides. The dozens of displays range from current military, WWII warbirds, commercial and specialty aircraft, as well as other non-aviation displays. The show also features massive Air Force transport planes, such as the C-17 Globemaster or C-130 Hercules, parked next to something as simple as a Piper Cub. In addition, the show will feature the historic B-25 bomber “Georgies Gal,” made famous by the WWII Doolittle Raid on Tokyo, and a TBM Avenger, a WWII torpedo bomber, will be flying and on display. These aircraft usually reside in the Liberty Aviation Museum, but will grace the skies of Akron for this event.
Props and Pistons is designed to be educational, in part, to provide an opportunity for the public to learn more about aviation, historic aircraft and aviation related topics. “What we’d really love to see come out of this festival, too, is the inspiration of the next generation of pilots, mechanics, engineers, scientists and military members,” said Mike Bowser (USAF ret.) of Inspire Aviation and Festival Chairman, “This is a safe, yet exciting event where the public can enjoy what aviation has to offer everyone.”
Other activities include a Kids’ Zone with live music and food trucks, historical aviation related presentations, motivational speakers and children’s education activities, along with many other activities and displays to help expose children and adults equally to STEM-related careers. During Saturday only, there will be a Car Show, and the area’s first .5k run. This fun run differs from other runs, as it includes a donut stop halfway through the 1/3-mile “race” and ends at the beer trailer.
On Sunday during the festival, a special tribute to our military will be celebrated with a local veteran’s motorcycle ride and remembrance ceremony. All proceeds from this ride and the .5k race goes to the non-profit SAM (Serving Area Military) Center in Massillon. Free parking and shuttle busses are available at the Derby Downs/Rubber Bowl parking lots.
Akron-Fulton Municipal Airport is located at 1600 Triplett Blvd.