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Mid Atlantic Air Museum 2015 WWII Weekend in Reading PA

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Tickets for the 25th Anniversary Mid Atlantic Air Museum WWII Weekend, “A GATHERING OF WARBIRDS,” are already on sale. This extremely popular event, scheduled for June 5, 6 & 7, 2015, draws visitors from across the United States.

The weekend event is packed full of activities. The WWII Airborne Demonstration Team of Frederick, Oklahoma will make their premier appearance at the 2015 World War II Weekend. Show attendees will be able to watch as the paratroopers “chuting-up” in correct WWII uniforms and equipment. On Saturday and Sunday a full stick of paratroopers will execute a static line jump from the ADT’s combat veteran C-47 “Boogie Baby”.

Additionally, 32 WWII veterans are scheduled to appear as special guests.

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While there is plenty to see at the Mid-Atlantic Air Museum’s World War II Weekend, visitors also have the rare opportunity to fly in one or more of the most famous and successful aircraft of World War II. Seats will fill quickly and some may sell out prior to the show, so make your reservations early. You can choose to fly in an open cockpit Boeing Stearman N2S-1″Kaydet”, a Fairchild PT-19 “Cornell”, a SNJ-4B “Texan”; Douglas SBD-5 Dauntless among others.

To see the schedule and buy advance tickets, go to:
http://www.maam.org/maamwwii.html

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Mid-Atlantic Air Museum’s World War II Weekend in Reading, PA

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This weekend marks the 70th anniversary of D-Day, or Operation Overlord, the invasion of Normandy. The Mid-Atlantic Air Museum offers an unparalleled way to commemorate the event by hosting their WWII Weekend.

For three days, June 6, 7 & 8, the Mid-Atlantic Air Museum presents more than 1,700 living history re-enactors, dozens of vintage WW II aircraft, hundreds of military vehicles, and thousands of period artifacts. 1944 comes alive for show-goers who witness skirmishes and battles at the recreated airfield and wander the sprawling military camp. There will be 40’s era dancing, singing, comedy skits, live radio broadcasts and theater at the ‘Home Front’. One of the nation’s largest militaria flea markets in the nation, with more than 150 vendors, will spread along the taxiway. Most important of all, the story of the greatest conflict in human history will be told by those who were there.

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I attended the World War II Weekend several years ago, and was quite moved by the experience. You can read my travel features below.

The first is my account of flying on a C-47, The Black Sparrow, with Mike Ingrisano of McLean, VA. Mike flew into France as a radioman in a C-47 on D-Day.

http://recalculatedroadtrip.wordpress.com/2012/06/06/flying-into-history/

The second story is my account of a Troop Carrier Command reunion held in DE in 2003, and gives the accounts of the C-47 flight crews.

http://recalculatedroadtrip.wordpress.com/2012/06/07/a-salute-to-the-troop-carrier/

To learn more about the WWII Weekend, visit: http://maam.org/maamwwii.html