WWII Weekend Web
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MID-ATLANTIC AIR MUSEUM'S WORLD WAR II
DOWN A DAUNTLESS
We regretfully announce that the SBD-5 Douglas Dauntless has been forced to cancel its appearance at the 26th Annual WWII Weekend. The eleven folks who had signed up for flights in the dive-bomber may reserve flights in the Helldiver or any of the other nine planes booking flights for the show. Please hurry, though, as slots are quickly filling. See the Warbirds Ride Page for details.
26TH ANNUAL WWII WEEKEND'S NEW OFFICIAL SOUVENIRS
In addition to the traditional souvenirs available at MAAM's past World War II Weekends, such as posters, programs, and t-shirts, this year we are pleased to introduce a pair of "nifty fifties". The ubiquitous Browning M2 .50 caliber machine gun was used by every service of the U.S. Armed Forces and many allies, on the ground, in the air, and at sea. So it is fitting that this pair of .50 cal shells embossed with the MAAM logo and show dates are the newest official souvenirs of the 26th Annual World War II Weekend. One is a key fob, and the other is an inert, complete cartridge. You can purchase yours at the P-61 Black Widow tent, front and center on the show ramp.
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DON'T JUST HANG AROUND THE HANGAR, GET OUT THERE AND DANCE!
The Friday and Saturday night Hangar Dances featuring the "Let's Dance" and "Swing Fever" big bands have always been a favorite of WWII Weekend show-goers drawing a big audience every year. A new feature has been added at this year's show to help transform some of those spectators into participants. Just show up at 1800 hours (6 PM to you civilian types) at the Main Hangar and you can receive a free, half-hour Beginner Swing Dance Lesson from experts. So put on your dancing shoes and get ready to cut a rug!
HERE'S THE ROLL-CALL OF THIS YEAR'S SPECIAL GUESTS
Just posted, the roster of Special Guests, the Veterans who are the heart and soul of every World War II Weekend, is now available. Tap gingerly on the bomb link on this page to see the roster of these gallant guys and gals, then make your plans to attend the big show to meet and hear them speak. Check back occasionally, as we expect to be adding yet more guests as the weeks and months go by.
2016 GATHERING OF WARBIRDS
The 26th Annual WWII Weekend airshow will feature many familiar friends as well as some exciting new additions. Among the returnees are FIFI, the only flying B-29 Boeing Superfortress in the world, leading a squadron of a dozen bombers. Nine fighters will scream around the Reading sky including two first-timers: the rare Messerschmitt Bf-109 and the De Havilland DH-98 Mosquito, the fastest piston-driven aircraft of the war, both from the Military Aviation Museum. A bevy of transports, trainers, utilities, and "L-birds" round out the roster of airshow performers.
For the second year, The World War II Airborne Demonstration Team will be jumping from the Curtiss C-46 "Tinker Belle" on Saturday and Sunday. Don't miss this opportunity to witness an authentic WWII paratroop drop right before your eyes on the KRDG mid-field.
As always, our one-of-a-kind P-61 Black Widow will show off her latest restored components on the ramp. Click on the Airshow Roster bomb-link to the right for the whole list and photos.
TAKE FLIGHT IN YOUR CHOICE OF ELEVEN FAMOUS WARBIRDS
From a Stearman to the Superfortress and virtually every class of warbird in between, you can make a dent in your bucket list. New on the roster this year is the aerial workhorse of the Allied forces, the Douglas C-47 Skytrain, called the Dakota by UK forces. The Yankee Air Museum's beautiful "Yankee Doodle Dandy" a regular at our show, will be selling rides for the first time. All the details, schedules and prices are available via the Warbird Rides bomb link.
ADVANCE, DISCOUNT TICKETS NOW ON SALE
Whether you choose to walk-in, drive-in, fly-in, mail-in or click-in - you can get discounted tickets for the 26th Annual World War II Weekend. The only way you can't get the discount is at the show gate. So check out the Tickets Page - that's the top bomb in the stick to the right - for all the details, deadlines, and do's & don'ts. See you at the show!
DATES OF FUTURE WORLD WAR II WEEKENDS
In case you like to plan long-range, MAAM's WWII Weekend is always held the first full weekend (including Friday) in June. June 2-3-4, 2017; June 1-2-3, 2018; June 7-8-9, 2019; June 5-6-7, 2020;
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