View Full Version : WW2 weekend, June 2005, who`s coming?

05-09-2005, 04:33 PM
Time for a little re-union eh? http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif



Since 1990 the Mid Atlantic Air Museum€s World War II Weekend has become the largest and best attended nationally known WWII Commemoration. It started as a recreated airfield during the WWII 50th anniversary celebrations and now, as we observe the 60th anniversary of D-Day, it has grown exponentially into a WWII €œRenaissance Fair.€ With encampments and displays that represent the European, Pacific and Mediterranean Theaters, and the Great American Home Front, 80 aircraft, 200 period vehicles and over 1100 period living history interpreters and entertainers, it all adds up to what Militaria International Magazine calls the €œBest WWII Show in the U.S., Bar None.€ Military Vehicles Magazine's 2005 annual guide to reenacting and military living history listed the Mid Atlantic Air Museum's World War II Weekend as one of the top ten 18th, 19th, and 20th century reenactments.

It offers you more for your entertainment dollar while at the same time sneaking in one of the most memorable history lessons you will ever experience;

WWII Air Show - Flying from Spotter Planes to Four Engine Bombers - 80+ aircraft.
WWII Military Vehicle Show - Army Motors in Motion - 300+ vehicles.
1940€s Entertainment Festival - Highlighted by Two Big Bands, Abbott & Costello, vocalist Teresa Eamon and more.
Multiple War Front - Encampment Displays - 1100+ reenactors.
WWII Great American Home Front Display - the largest of its type - see period artifacts, clothing, etc.
WWII Battle Re-Creations - from Skirmishes to All Out Attacks - bring your flack helmet!
Huge Military Collector Show & Flea Market - over 150 spaces.
The US Postal Service will be on site for the first time this year with packing and shipping supplies and will accept packages on site for shipment.

They will also be hand canceling envelopes with a WWII Weekend pictorial cancellation.

On June 3th, 4th & 5th, 2005 you can experience time travel back to 1944 with a €œTotal WWII History Immersion Experience.€ Witness the struggle when a G.I. patrol takes fire from Germans barricaded in a French village, view an assault across open ground as U.S. armor and infantry attack an enemy position, and see British Commonwealth and Axis Mediterranean forces battle it out in a small unit action. Witness a battle casualty go from being stabilized by a combat medic to being operated on in a complete field hospital.You can then get a feel for the Island Hopping Campaign in the Pacific Theater of Operation encampment and then experience the Great American Home Front including a Civil Defense Air Raid Wardens, a 1940€s House, Radio Station, Cottage Style Gas Station, and a Department Store where you can buy the displays and vintage clothing.

Each day features a roving and dedicated entertainment venue featuring the songbird stylings of Theresa Eaman who will melt your heart and the shine on your combat boots. Performers from Blatt€s Dinner Theater in Kutztown will join in with the traveling €œCamp Variety Show.€ View entire Army Air Corps encampments and visit two different German encampments and inspect their uniforms, weapons, equipment and personal items. Also see British and Russian field encampments and almost every type of WWII US Military Vehicle from a motorcycle to a tank in motion.

The mood will range from silly, as Abbot and Costello trying to figure out €œWho€s on First?,€ to somber, as FDR delivers his solemn €œPearl Harbor Speech€ on Saturday night.

The Reading Army Airfield will spring back to life as 80 WWII aircraft fill the ramps, taxiways and the sky. The ear will pick up sounds of radial engines, the drone of B-17€s, and the scream of superchargers. The eye will pick up the color of paint schemes and nose art, and the mind will suggest that it truly is 1944; and you are there! After you view the P-61 €œBlack Widow€ in the MAAM restoration shop, inspect the B-17s, B-25s, P-51s, P-47 and Wildcat, TBMs, C-47s and many more on the display ramp, you can reflect over a Coca Cola in the Air Field Base Club. Then get ready for the Glenn Milleresque Big Band Hangar Dance on both Friday & Saturday.

You can actually take a flight into history aboard a variety of real WWII Aircraft; Boeing Stearman and North American SNJ trainers, or even the magnificent B-17 €œFlying Fortress€ Yankee Lady that will offer rides daily during the show week starting May 31st. Contact MAAM to schedule a flight (see Ride Info below)..

Special Guests for 2005

Dutch Van Kirk €" Atomic Mission
Don Lopez €" 14th Air Force (China)
**** Hewitt & Gerhard Von Friedrich - U.S. & German fighter pilots
Forrest Guth & Ed Shames - Band of Brothers
Carl Constein €" Himalaya/Hump pilot
Jack Lucas - Youngest Medal of Honor winner
Gottfried Dulias - German pilot, Russian front
Geoffrey Morley-Mowrer & Charles Edmonson - Desert reconnaisance pilots
Bob Bolinder - P61 pilot
Frank Speer - P51 pilot
Bill Fili - B24 gunner, Ploesti raid
Robert G. "Bob" Bolinder P-61 Nightfighter Pilot

On FRIDAY the gates open at 9:00AM and your ticket is a virtual €œback stage pass€ to the activities of the day that involve aircraft and vehicle movement and some final encampment dressing not seen on Saturday and Sunday. There is no organized show flying on Friday but many aircraft arrive and make a grand entrance. So, there are planes in the air and then plenty of ground movement as aircraft are positioned on the ramp.

A 30-vehicle convoy departs the grounds at 11:30 AM and returns at 1:30 PM. All display venues, including special guest briefings and period entertainment take place. You can also get first crack at the expanded and relocated militaria flea market. Enjoy the Friday nite dinner buffet from 5 PM to 7 PM (advance ticket sales only). The €œLet€s Dance€ Big Bands will entertain the troops from 7-10 PM to round off Friday€s activities.

On SATURDAY the gates open at 9:00 AM to a level of activity not seen since 1945. Two different venues host €œbriefings€ by our special WWII guest presenters. Visit five separate military encampments: Pacific Navy and Marine, European US Army Infantry and Air Corp, British Commwealth Forces, and German Wehrmacht Infantry and Luftwaffe personnel. Relax and rub elbows with the troops in the Base Club as you take in some entertainment. Then take a walk down €œMain Street 1944€ and see period civilian cars, a scrap drive, a Victory Garden, and a large scale model ships of Task Force 50.

A mock battle and skirmishes take place between Axis and Allied forces. The main hanger is jammed packed with special guest tables where you can buy books and autographed pictures, historic equipment and clothing displays, and the works of noted aviation artists David Sample as well as Diane Harmes Fine Art Gallery. The action in the militaria flea market continues all day.

You can inspect all the WWII aircraft on the ground then watch every category of planes take to the air from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM.(Enjoy the chicken bar-b-que from 5 PM to 7 PM advanced ticket sales only) The highlight of the day is the Swing Fever Big Band Hanger Dance from 7-10 PM, which includes FDR€s Pearl Harbor Speech! (DON'T FORGET YOUR LAWN CHAIRS)

On SUNDAY the gates open early at 8:30 and after church service conducted off the hood of a jeep at 9:00 AM the day is a virtual blueprint of SATURDAY. The Let€s Dance quartet will perform in the base club Sunday afternoon. The show closes at 5:00 PM.

05-09-2005, 05:00 PM
Sounds fantastic!!!!

Only one question.......where's the Mid_Atlantic Air Museum located???
Is this the one in Reading (or close by) Pennsylvania?


05-09-2005, 06:52 PM
Yup, Reading PA

05-09-2005, 06:59 PM

05-09-2005, 07:01 PM

I'll be there on Sunday. Wish I could come saturday, but I've got SAT II's, 3 of them, in fact. Still, it's impressive and worth it. It'll be a nice break from reading comprehension, and besides:

I'll get to see my friend Gottfried again.

05-09-2005, 08:03 PM
Have already requested off for Satuday. My boys and I will be there! Hopin' for good weather.

05-11-2005, 10:44 AM
Cool, see ya all on the airfield then http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

05-11-2005, 10:47 AM
I'll be there for sure. Driving down rt 422 I saw a very nice billboard with a wildcat on it advertising the show. I'm getting anxious...it's so soon!

05-23-2005, 08:22 PM
Time for a bump.

05-23-2005, 08:43 PM
Most definitely time for that bump. Hey Wayno, was that pic taken two years ago during the massive downpour, or last year? I have to say I loved it both times.

Anyway, Gottfried Dulias, my friend, should be there, now with his new book, so that'll be great. I hope GG makes it.

05-24-2005, 10:33 PM
Yo, Boosh, that was form two years ago. Good eye. Last year we got drenched.

Updated list
Special Guests for 2005

Bud Anderson - triple ace fighter pilot
Dutch Van Kirk €" Atomic Mission
Don Lopez €" 14th Air Force (China)
**** Hewitt - P47 and P51 fighter pilot
Carl Constein €" Himalaya/Hump pilot
Jack Lucas - Youngest Medal of Honor winner
Gottfried Dulias - German pilot, Russian front
Geoffrey Morley-Mowrer & Charles Edmonson - Desert reconnaisance pilots
Robert G. "Bob" Bolinder P-61 Nightfighter Pilot
Frank Speer - P51 pilot
Bill Fili - B24 gunner, Ploesti raid
the Tuskegee Airmen

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05-25-2005, 09:44 AM
I am going to try and make it. I had a great time last year, and like Boosher I am looking forward to talking to Mr. Dulias again, along with the Tuskegee Airmen. There looks to be a great list of pilots, and I believe Bud Anderson should be there this year.

Not as many bombers as last year according to list, but this year it looks like the Hellcat, Wildcat, and Bearcat might make it.

Anyway, it is always a great time and I hope I can make it. I would like to meet a couple of you there as well, though I have no idea how I would recognize any of you http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif.

05-25-2005, 09:47 AM
Well Hunde, I think everyone meets somewhere at a specific time, such as in front of the hangar. Maybe I'll wear one of those "Hello, my name is" nametags. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif

05-25-2005, 09:50 AM
Great idea Owlsphone, or we could all wear bright orange hunting caps or something http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif.

05-25-2005, 11:13 AM
I should be in around 10-11am on Saturday. Will be wearing Russian VVS hat http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

05-25-2005, 04:24 PM
I hear Bud Anderson will be there on Friday...

05-25-2005, 05:44 PM
I'm coming Sunday. Can't get in any earlier. But It should still be excellent! I also want to see how that P-61 project is doing. I hope the weather's nice though, yeah, Wayno, Last year and two years ago was the heaviest downpour I've seen in a long time, but as they said on the phone: "The Rain didn't stop WW2!"

05-25-2005, 08:16 PM
Im driving up on Friday.... Ill be wearing a Tshirt with either my sig or a 332nd Logo on it.. or a jacket with a 99th FS pactch on it and I will have an 8 year old in tow. if you hear someone yelling "Emmanuel GET OVER HERE!!!" It may be me.

05-25-2005, 10:12 PM
Lol Bc. I be there Saturday with 3 of my 4 in tow. Hopin' to leave the house around 8:30. (only live 45 minutes away) http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

05-26-2005, 12:34 AM
Am I the only other one going on Saturday?

Don't leave me alone with teh Ivan.

05-26-2005, 10:51 AM
Yeah, I hear he's CRAZY!

I've got family in NJ near the PA border less than a half hour away.

This is the first I heard of the show..... Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.... I gotta check my calander. But, I'd love to be there.

You'll know me if I go. I'll be bringing my Saiteks with me so I can pretend to fly the real things. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif I might even have the TIR reflective dot on my glasses. LOL!


05-26-2005, 03:49 PM
Ohhh man, what I get for not reading every thread... it's only 8-9 days from now!

05-28-2005, 10:01 AM

05-28-2005, 07:43 PM
I'll be wearing a RKKA pilotka and carrying a cardboard sign saying "I'M PBNA-BOOSHER"

05-31-2005, 09:23 PM
You shouldn't be too hard to find, Owlsphone. I'll just look for anyone head and shoulders above the crowd in front of the hanger. LOL. I bet Ivan will be the one drinking from the R/C pond. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif Anyway, I'll be there Saturday. Looks like it's gonna be warm for a change!

06-01-2005, 10:55 AM
2 more days!!


06-01-2005, 12:26 PM
wow! i hadn't heard about this.. i also live in NJ and about 1hr drive from reading PA.. hmm maybe this weekend if i get a chance. thanks for the info!

06-01-2005, 04:09 PM
I say lets all meet by B-17s at noon, Sat, june 4th.

B-17s are usually parked at the end of row... yay or nay? http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

06-01-2005, 05:12 PM
LOL wow....I go there every year. I didnt even know you guys went. Well keep me posted on when your gonna be there, if would be real neat to actually meet you guys.

06-01-2005, 09:59 PM
Sounds like a plan. Noon sounds good.
btw I had a stop in Reading today so I stopped by and got these for everybody.

Let's just keep our fingers crossed that the weather is at least dry...See ya'll there!

06-02-2005, 05:18 AM
Sweet Pics, Wayno! I flew over RDG last Sunday and they were already prepping! I saw their planes out of the Hangar and everything. Fingers crossed for good weather too. Two years ago was so cool though, even with the pouring rain, but it's fun to see everything fly, so...

06-02-2005, 11:51 AM
Originally posted by wayno7777:
Sounds like a plan. Noon sounds good.
btw I had a stop in Reading today so I stopped by and got these for everybody.

You're such a tease.

06-02-2005, 03:56 PM
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06-03-2005, 05:02 AM

Weather Forecast time:

Friday - chance of rain 50%, high of 68F.

Saturday - clearing out thank god, possibility of showers in morning, but clearing out by afternoon. Partly cloudy, high of 74F. Gonna be a great day.

Sunday - No worrying about rain today. It's gonna be 84F and sunny.

Let's hope the rain holds off for most of the weekend and the show should be great.

06-03-2005, 05:25 AM
Im from Hazleton, PA . Wouldnt miss it for the world. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif Hope the weather is ok for it http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gifOnly takes me 45 min to get there. I always wondered who plays this game when im there. How will i know. Would love to talk http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/11.gif

06-03-2005, 05:30 AM
Just do what I do, hold up a huge sign with your username. It may look weird, but hey, someone should recognize the name.

06-03-2005, 06:41 AM
I'll be there on Saturday too.
Have church activities from 9am to 11am, but hope to be there by 12 noon since I live in York, PA... only 40 min away. Will take my 10 yo son with me too!

See ya
Do svidaniya!


06-03-2005, 08:21 AM
I'm not kidding when I say I'm going to wear a "Hello, my name is..." nametag while standing next to the B17. Otherwise we'd all be waiting together at noon without knowing what eachother really looks like.

I look forward to your sign Boosh. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

06-03-2005, 10:57 AM
I'll be there Sunday, look for me!

06-03-2005, 04:58 PM
hope the weather is good for you all, we have a little show going on up here at the border

looking forward to some pics

06-03-2005, 08:09 PM
Originally posted by Owlsphone:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by wayno7777:
Sounds like a plan. Noon sounds good.
btw I had a stop in Reading today so I stopped by and got these for everybody.

You're such a tease. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>


Yeah, I sure hope this rain moves out by morning!!! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-indifferent.gif

06-03-2005, 08:19 PM
rain suppost to stay till late afternoon tommorrow then clear up in reading PA.

06-03-2005, 10:20 PM
I was there today. The weather was lousy but I did get to meet Bud Anderson and two airmen today..... Ill be there tomorrow as well.

06-04-2005, 10:28 AM
LOOKS BEAUTIFUL NOW! I jsut got done with SAT II's and I must say they were a piece of cake, so now I'll celelbrate tomorrow by going to this glorious Airshow!

06-04-2005, 12:51 PM
I live 25 miles west of the Reading airport. its over cast and rain clouds look threatening. rained a little this morning. I will go to the airshow Sunday. you cannot miss me I am the handsome goodlooking man that all the women will be following.

06-09-2005, 07:26 PM
Well gentalmen i was not only their , i was a part of it. If any of you were at general pattons speach on saterday evening , Guess what you seen me! I was the Canadian ( only one in the hole thing with the sten #5 and the red cap. I was honored by being acked by pattons honor guard to be a part of it. If you have any questions on the stuff we did just ask. We were the 1st canadian parachute battalion. also i have to say that it is GREAT to be home , in are tent we dident have cots soooooo we dident feel great waking up in the morning. If any of you have questions for me if i can help you i will. Also just to let you know where are camp was , we were the only camp with a 50 feet pole with a canadian flag on it in the area.

- cheers
Riley Watts
st canadian parachute battalion

06-09-2005, 09:12 PM

some more shots and videos