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The American Airpower Museum’s P-47D Thunderbolt “Jacky’s Revenge” in flight. Photo Credit: MAAM

The Mid Atlantic Air Museum will put on it’s annual airshow World War II Weekend in Reading, PA from June 5th-7th.  This year is the 25th Anniversary of the show and the Mid Atlantic Air Museum (MAAM) is going all out this year.  Over 50 pristine WWII  and WWII era aircraft including the Commemorative Air Force B-29 “Fifi” and B-24 “Diamond Lil” , 4 B-25 Mitchell bombers, 3 P-51 Mustangs, and two  Grumman Avengers are just a few which will be in attendance.  Most importantly the MAAM’s P-61 Black Widow.  It was recovered from a mountain top in Papua New Guinea and has been under restoration since the early 1990’s.  Enormous progress has been made since last year, and it is getting closer to its first flight.  In fact at last year’s show $20,000 was raised in order to buy a rare Curtiss Electric propeller which was able to be purchased. Another Curtiss Electric propeller has been promised to the restoration, also.  In addition to aircraft there will be almost 30 WWII Veterans in attendance from pilots and aircrew to soldiers, sailors and medical personnel.  All with amazing stories to tell.  It should be a top notch show, as it always is!

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The Yankee Air Museum’s B-25D Mitchell “Yankee Warrior” at sunset. Photo Credit: MAAM

World War II Weekend Main Site: http://www.maam.org/maamwwii.html

World War II Weekend 2015 Airshow Roster: http://www.maam.org/wwii/ww2_acft.htm

 

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