Wednesday, June 3, 2009

A Day that will Live in Infamy

Not far from the Adamstown Inns and Cottages, in Reading, PA, the Mid-Atlantic Air Museum World War II weekend kicks off in a few short days. On June 5, 6, and 7 folks from all over will gather at the Reading Airport to take a walk down history lane while also honoring the countless veterans who served in World War II. Each day of the 19th annual WWII weekend will provide plenty of opportunities to talk with vets, view various shows, and see all sorts of planes and vehicles.

For example, on June 5: Historic Doolittle
Raiders Drop in on Reading, Pa., in WWII B-25. Air shows will be held between 1pm-4pm on Saturday and Sunday. The aircraft line-up includes dozens of World War II aircraft which will be on hand, along with over 1,300 WWII re-enactors and military vehicles to deliver the greatest WWII show anywhere. The WWII weekend also provides the exciting opportunity to fly in your choice of a half-dozen of WWII's most renowned and capable aircraft. Take your pick, strap in, and take off in a Kaydett, Texan, Cornell, Dauntless, Mitchell, or Flying Fortress.

Not only do you have the fortunate chance to view all this World War II history, but this weekend also affords you the opportunity to meet many veterans and special guests. Among this year's crop of distinguished special guests are three groups of veterans who served together in units that inspired famous movies. MAAM World War II weekend will have the honor of hosting eight members of Co E, 506 PIR, 101st Airborne Division, "Band of Brothers". Two of the legendary Doolittle Tokyo Raiders, whose story was told in "Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo", and more recently, if less accurately, "Pearl Harbor", will be in attendance. Finally four members of the "Filthy Thirteen", the demolitions platoon of HQ / 506th PIR, 101st Airborne Division whose story inspired the movie "The Dirty Dozen" will be here.

I hope you have the opportunity to take advantage of witnessing a lot of history all in one place. It will take all weekend just to see, hear, and take part in all of the things to do at this years Mid-Atlantic Air Museum's WWII weekend.


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