World War II Weekend

On Friday I was able to stop at the Mid-Atlantic Air Museum‘s “World War II Weekend” event at the Reading Regional Airport in Pennsylvania. This is a huge 3-day event that comprises of an airshow, re-enactments, talks by visiting veterans and other experts, etc. For the past several years I have had conflicting engagements that have prevented me from going to this event, and I had one this time too, but at least I was able to stop in Reading for a couple of hours when “passing through”.

Curtiss C-46F-1-CU Commando (N78774, c/n 22597, 44-78774, "The Tinker Belle") arriving
Curtiss C-46F-1-CU Commando (N78774, c/n 22597, 44-78774, “The Tinker Belle”) arriving

A large number of historical aircraft were on display, not to mention all the other military “stuff” (weapons, vehicles, re-enactors in authentic garb, etc.). While I was there a couple of aircraft arrived, affording me further photo opportunities.

Some of the aircraft I saw were B-17 “Yankee Lady”, B-29 “Fifi”, C-47 “Second Chance”, F4U “Sky boss”, etc. Also on display was the Mid-Atlantic Air Museum’s P-61 Black Widow; its restoration is progressing…

Here are just a few of the 300+ photos I shot.

Somehow I had not understood how large the C-46 really is
Somehow I had not understood how large the C-46 really is
Tinker Belle being parked
Tinker Belle being parked
Douglas C-54E-15-DO (N500EJ, c/n 27370, 44-9144, BuNo. 90414) of the Berlin Airlift Historical Foundation arriving
Douglas C-54E-15-DO (N500EJ, c/n 27370, 44-9144, BuNo. 90414) of the Berlin Airlift Historical Foundation arriving
C-54 being parked
C-54 being parked
Nakajima B5N...? Nope, a heavily modified North American SNJ-4 (N7062C, c/n 88-13171)
Nakajima B5N…? Nope, a heavily modified North American SNJ-4 (N7062C, c/n 88-13171)

I was particularly impressed with all the 1930s-1940s civilian aircraft that had flown in, many of them sporting Civil Air Patrol markings. Absolutely beautiful restorations. Stinson 10s, Piper Cubs, even a Fairchild 24!

Stinson 10 (N26295, c/n 7582, "Bloody Mary") in Civil Air Patrol markings
Stinson 10 (N26295, c/n 7582, “Bloody Mary”) in Civil Air Patrol markings
Stinson 10A (N36709, c/n 8109) in Civil Air Patrol markings
Stinson 10A (N36709, c/n 8109) in Civil Air Patrol markings

Next year I will have to try to see the whole show.

Typical view of the grounds with equipment and re-enactors
Typical view of the grounds with equipment and re-enactors
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