Wings & Wheels in Hammondsport 2024

Saturday, September 21, 2024

10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Village Square and Depot Park

Hammondsport, NY

Seaplane Homecoming: A tribute to Glenn H. Curtiss who made flying on and off the water a reality.

Since 2003, the Glenn H. Curtiss Museum and dedicated volunteers have held the “Seaplane Homecoming” each fall on Keuka Lake, where Curtiss made some of his greatest contributions to aviation. In the early 1900’s it took bravery, ingenuity and cunning to do what he did. Thanks to the generosity of the owner/pilots, a wide variety of Seaplanes will gather at Depot Park. Get up close to the aircraft and talk with the pilots owners. Learn a great deal about why water flying is so satisfying and exciting.

Seaplane Registration Information

All Seaplanes are required to pre-register before the event. There is no registration fee for seaplanes. Each registered seaplane will receive a “windshield card” and will be parked at the head of the lake at Depot Park. Each arriving seaplane pilot and 1 (one) co-pilot will receive a complimentary ticket to the Meet the Pilot’s Dinner.

FROM CLASSIC AMERICAN TO EXOTIC EUROPEAN SPORTS CARS: See dozens of the coolest cars around!

Glenn Curtiss was a pioneer in the advancement of internal combustion engines and was himself a car enthusiast. Owners of interesting, rare, and beautiful cars will put them on display for your viewing pleasure. There will be awards in multiple categories where the owners will be presented with trophies, and you will be the judge. All awards are based on spectator votes, so you are an integral part of the process! View the variety of cars ranging from very early examples to American muscle, street rods, foreign and American exotic sports cars. Meet the owners and learn as much as you want about each car that interests you.

Car Show Registration

All car show entrants are required to pre-register before the event. Car show registration fee is $25 if pre-paid or $30 if paid day of event. Registered show cars will receive a “windshield card” for their vehicle. Cars will be parked along Shether St., Park Place and on the village square. The judges at Wings & Wheels in Hammondsport are the audience members and everyone receives a ballot and is encouraged to vote. Votes will be tallied and winners will be announced at 3:30pm in the Village Square. The award categories are:

  • American Classic (1998 or older) 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes
  • American Exotic (1999 or newer) 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes
  • Foreign Exotic (all years) 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes
  • Best of Show
  • Kids Choice Award

Meet the Pilots Dinner

Enjoy a wonderful dinner with the pilots while dining and mingling among the museum exhibits.  The museum is open for everyone to enjoy with dozens of historic aircraft on display. Cocktails start at 6:00 PM, followed by a catered dinner, silent auction and awards. There will be numerous historic, local and unique items up for auction with all proceeds going directly to the Curtiss Museum. The cost to attend is $75 per person and is open to the public. Museum staff are on hand to answer questions about the artifacts, planes, and motorcycles on display. Attendees will get a behind-the-scenes look at the restored WWII P-40 fighter aircraft.


10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Seaplanes, Classic & Exotic Cars “take over” the Village of Hammondsport

Food Trucks, Ice Cream & Cold Drinks available at Depot Park

Village Shops and Restaurants are open

Kids Activities are offered at Depot Park

Free Shuttle Service provided between Depot Park, the Village Square, Hammondsport Central School (overflow parking) and the Curtiss Museum (overflow parking and museum visit)

Photo by Sean King Photography

10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Vote for your favorite cars

Cars parked on the Village Square, Park Place and Shether Street

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Seaplane Spot Landing & Bomb (grapefruit) Dropping Contest.

Awards will be presented at the Meet The Pilots Dinner

12:30 PM

Fire Boat Demonstration – Depot Park

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Seaplane Salute to Glenn H. Curtiss, Father of Naval Aviation Includes fly-over of Glenn’s gravesite at Pleasant Valley Cemetery

3:30 PM – 4:00 PM

Car Show awards presented at the Village Square

Favorite American Classic Car (2003 or older)

Favorite American Exotic Car (2004 or newer)

Favorite Foreign Exotic Car (all years)

Best of Show

Kids’ Choice Awards

6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Meet the Pilot’s Dinner & Silent Auction at the Glenn H. Curtiss Museum – register online


Free Shuttle Service

There will be a free shuttle service running from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM the day of the event. It will operate in a loop with stops at:

  • Depot Park- Seaplanes, Food Trucks and Kids activities
  • The Village Square- Car show
  • Hammondsport Central School- parking
  • The Glenn H. Curtiss Museum- parking
  • Best Western Plus

The loop takes approximately 15 minutes.

Kids Activities

Families are encouraged to visit the Kid Zone at Depot Park where several free activities are offered for children. Children are encouraged to vote for their favorite car in the Car Show. Watch the Seaplanes take off and Land as the announcer talks about the planes and contests. Then, of course, there is the museum itself, you are encouraged to visit while you are here. Park at the museum or school and allow the shuttle to take you to all the fun, with none of the walking.

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