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MID-ATLANTIC AIR MUSEUM'S WORLD WAR II WEEKEND





 

OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT FROM MID ATLANTIC AIR MUSEUM

The time has come to make an informed-as-possible decision on holding WWII Weekend on the alternative dates of July 31, Aug. 1, & Aug. 2.

Thus far Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has made it extremely difficult to make any plans to move forward with the event from where we are now. Most of eastern Pennsylvania has finally moved into the ‘yellow phase”, which prohibits large gatherings of more than 25 people.  The ‘green phase”, will prohibit large gatherings of more than 250 people.  Governor Wolf admitted on Friday, June 5th, that he does not yet know what comes after the “green phase” as no plans have yet to be formulated.  It is extremely likely that the large gathering prohibition will continue through this year.

To quote Jack Pelton, Experimental Aircraft Association President, when he announced cancellation of Oshkosh’s AirVenture 2020, the largest aviation event in the country, “We need a sure thing – we cannot afford to gamble!” These are our sentiments exactly. Therefore we cannot, in good faith, move forward with the planning and additional financial investment necessary for WWII event planning without knowing we have a “sure thing”.  Therefore we have made the difficult decision to cancel WWII Weekend for 2020.

After 40 years of Museum operations I never envisioned that we would find ourselves in a position where we were not in control of our destiny as an organization, but then again, I never envisioned anything like the COVID-19 pandemic covering the world in this modern age!  I doubt any of us did! 

Hopefully 2021 will look better for all of us, and we look forward whole-heartedly to WWII Weekend 2021.  Brenda and I thank you for your understanding and for your continued interest and dedication to the Museum and WWII Weekend.

We have set up a “Go Fund Me” campaign to helping replace the lost funding that the cancellation of WWII Weekend presents to us.  Please take a moment to look at our “Go Fund Me’ site, linked on our Facebook page, Instagram page and our Museum home page and be sure to share with your friends.  We are optimistic about its success and hope that you will be too.
 

Russ 

Russell A. Strine

President

Mid Atlantic Air Museum

11 Museum Drive

Reading, PA 19605

TICKET POLICY
 

 

Our long-standing ticket purchase policy has been "no refunds" .  However, due to COVID-19 disruption, we are offering the following options:

 

Your ticket will be honored for our 2021 event.  Please return your tickets (no t-shirt returns) to the Museum and we will issue a voucher for 2021.   Please note that this option will allow you to avoid any price increases that may occur for the 2021 event. 

 

As you may know, WWII Weekend is the largest fund raiser for our Museum.  These funds help pay for our daily operating expenses and the restoration of our historic aircraft. 

 

If you cannot use your ticket, please consider donating the purchase price of your ticket(s) back to the Museum. We are a registered 501(C)(3) charitable organization, and as such your donation may be deducted for income tax purposes.  Just mail your tickets back with a note, and we will send you an official donation letter.

 

Thank you for your support, and we hope to see you all safe and well next


summer at Reading for a better than ever 30th World War II Weekend .

 

As it has for many Non-Profit Institutions, the current pandemic has severely affected the financial well-being of the Mid-Atlantic Air Museum.

View MAAM President Russ Strine's recent video address.

 

Please help MAAM survive COVID-19 by donating what you can to our GoFundMe Campaign.

MOM AND DAD, I DIDN'T GET TO GO TO WWII WEEKEND...

...but at least I got this great T-shirt!  We admit, it's not much as silver linings go, but now is your chance to get the official MAAM 30th Annual WWII Weekend Gathering of Warbirds T-shirt in your size (as long as it's M, L, XL, or XXL) and in your favorite color (as long as it's heather indigo). 

Just think, you can be a proud owner of this souvenir shirt for the show that never was, the gathering of warbirds that never landed, and you will be helping MAAM pay the rent and keep the lights on at the same time!  Take a look at this gorgeous, and we sincerely hope, unique fashion item on the WWIIWE Tee-Shirt Page, or go straight to the MAAM Online Store and order yours today, please.

BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORE...

In WWII Weekends past , only a relative few show-goers were lucky and quick enough to snag one of the leftover advertising posters at the MAAM PX Tent for their collection. The limited supply was often exhausted by Friday afternoon, at the latest.

This year, as with the WWII Weekend T-Shirts, you need not arrive early on Friday's Arrival Day to get this coveted souvenir.  We  just happen to have a fair number of undistributed, pristine posters at a special all-in price of $9.99 (over half of which is the shipping tube and postage cost.) 

But wait, that's not all!  You can order one or two more posters in the same tube for just $3 bucks each, (and no tricky additional handling charge applies!)

This stunning poster features a painting of  the first Atomic Bomber, the "Enola Gay" and her squadron-mates lined up on the ramp at Tinian Island on the night of August 5, 1945. The uranium bomb, "Little Boy", rests on it's bomb cart, ready to be loaded in the bomb bay.  At approximately 0245 hours on August 6 the mighty Boeing B-29 Superfortress , piloted by Colonel Paul Tibbet, took off on the mission that would profoundly alter history.

But wait...    Actually, the only thing left to tell is, go get you some!  Available right now on our MAAM Online Store here.  Sorry, no walk-in purchases are possible until the Museum can open again, and by then these beauties will probably be all gone.

WHAT'S THAT?  NOT ENOUGH SPACE ON YOUR WALL?

We have just the thing: WWII Weekend Mini-Posters. These 8.5 x 11 inch mini-posters, like the full-sized WWII Weekend posters, are produced primarily to advertise the show. They are distributed to businesses and organizations each year in the weeks leading up to WW II Weekend. They are normally all used up for that purpose and not offered for sale to the public. But times are anything but normal this year, so we are offering these little beauties, just the right size for framing, for sale. They sell for $3.75, including shipping, and the money goes to support our museum in this difficult time. You can also opt for up to three additional mini-posters for just $2.50 each.
 

Get yours  while supplies last at our On-line Store.

Thanks for your support.

SOME BOMB LINKS NOT WORKING?

No, they aren't duds - just temporarily disarmed until they are ready for the 2021 World War II Weekend. We'll start "re-arming" during the month of December - so check back then, and keep an eye on our Facebook Page for announcements.
 

DATES OF FUTURE WORLD WAR II WEEKENDS

In case you like to plan long-range, MAAM's WWII Weekend is always held (well, until this year, that is) on the first full weekend (including Friday) in June.  June 4-5-6, 2021; June 3-4-5, 2022; June 2-3-4, 2023 ; June 7-8-9, 2024.



WWII Weekend strives to present the broadest possible scope of WWII history without making any philosophical endorsements whatsoever.  If in this process, you have a philosophical question with any of the visiting planes, visiting vehicles, visiting groups, visiting guests, visiting vendors or visiting persons who paid admission to attend, we request that you please contact the identified party directly for an explanation.  Thank you.

World War II Weekend is produced by the Mid-Atlantic Air Museum
(an IRS recognized 501 ( c ) ( 3 ) charitable organization)
for the sole benefit of the Museum itself.

Photos and images displayed on this website are meant to portray the “flavor” of the history of WWII and the historical accents and events surrounding that conflict and in no way represent or depict any specific beliefs or messages on behalf of the Mid Atlantic Air Museum.

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