For more than three decades, the Mid-Atlantic Air Museum has hosted its World War II weekend in Reading, Pennsylvania, each summer. What makes this airshow an event worth visiting is its combination of shows put into one. With a focus on WWII, all aircraft to participate are military planes used in the war. Furthermore, the whole weekend is filled with WWII-related activities, including reenactments of battles on the ground and in the air using authentic machines and equipment of the era performed by people in authentic uniforms.
Fans of WWII fighter aircraft will relish the impressive array of planes at this event. Past demonstrations have included the B-29 Superfortress, P-51 Mustang, Curtiss Warhawk, and a Mitsubishi Zero. Additionally, some of these planes are available to take a demonstration flight. Limited seats are available, but those lucky enough to get a ticket can choose from a B-17, Douglas C-47, P-51 Mustang, and more.
Perhaps the most remarkable portion of the show is the reenactments of battles set in recreated settings in France and Iwo Jima, featuring soldiers and civilians wearing period-correct clothing while using equipment from the era while driving authentic tanks, trucks, and other armored vehicles. Axis and Allies are represented with some participants dressed as historical figures, from General Patton to the young PT boat commander John F. Kennedy.
The stars of this show are the aircraft, some of which engage in simulated dogfights. The size and scope of this show are impressive, meaning you should plan to get there early every day to attempt to take it all in.