MID-ATLANTIC AIR MUSEUM'S WORLD WAR II WEEKEND FEATURES & SCHEDULE

 


24th Annual
World War II Weekend
June 6-7-8, 2014

"A GATHERING OF WARBIRDS"

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Here is a sampling of the many, unforgettable experiences that await you at the Mid-Atlantic Air Museum's World War II Weekend.
Prepare to step back into 1944...


Gates open at 8:30 AM* each day for the nation's largest and best known historic commemoration of the life and times of America's "Greatest Generation"..
RAIN or SHINE!

* The public will not be admitted before 8:30 AM


Be here bright and early for "A-Day" on Friday.  That's Arrival Day, and although there is not a full airshow, there will be plenty of activity in the air as planes arrive throughout the day.  Most of the planes booking rides will also be in full swing on Friday.

 Also on Friday, only, you can get up-close looks of the operating military vehicles as the "Liberation of Reading" convoy moves out from the airport to the city center at 11:00 and returns in the afternoon.

All three days, you can meet, speak with, and collect autographs from many famous WWII personalities.*
*In some cases an autograph fee may be charged by the Special Guest.


Hear their stories presented daily on stage and in the briefing tent.

The Special Guest speakers' schedules will be posted at each speaking venue.

 

 


More than 1,700 WWII military and civilian re-enactors and dozens of combat and support units, representing many nations, will be all around you.

See up to 200 military vehicles, from motorcycles to Jeeps to tanks - the biggest gathering in the country.

Hear the thunder of tanks and artillery pieces being fired.

Experience battles and skirmishes between the French Resistance, Allied and German troops around the battle-scarred French Village.

Stroll around the sprawling encampments and experience what life was like for the "G.I. Joe's", "Tommies", "Diggers","Ivans",  and "Jerries" in the field.  You can visit the Pacific and European theaters,  U.S. Navy, Marine, and Army, encampments, British Commonwealth forces, German Wehrmacht and Luftwaffe camps, and more.

Visit the O-Club where you can enjoy coffee and donuts in the morning, or sip a Coke while listening to the fabulous vocal styling of Theresa Eaman.  Our favorite songstress will be performing throughout the day, not only at the Club, but on the ramp stage, even the bed of a "deuce and a half" truck, on occasion!  So keep an eye and ear out for this young lady.

When you hear Theresa's dulcet tones, you will probably see the flying feet of this award-winning couple nearby.   New Yorkers Heidi Rosenau and Joe McGlynn have been traveling to WWII Weekend from New York City to share authentic dances of the period with audiences at the event for the last nine years.

Who's On First?  The hilarious Ultimate Abbott and Costello Tribute Show. Bill Riley as Bud Abbot, Joe Ziegler as Lou Costello, and Jason Crutchley as Scoop Fields, will have you rolling in the aisles.  Catch their acts at the O-Club and on stage at the Hangar Dance.  Hope your ribs are ready for the belly laughs!

 Again this year at WWII Weekend, hop aboard the "Chattanooga Choo Choo" for a "Sentimental Journey" with The Manhattan Dolls .

Retired USMC Colonel and accomplished singer Frank Cubillo presents "Frank Sings Frank".  His repertoire includes over 180 Sinatra hits, so get ready to hear your favorite from "Old Blue Eyes".

Join the audience for a live radio broadcast drama at the recreated studio of station "WRDG".

A representative of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs will be on hand at this year's show to assist veterans and answer their questions.

While the hangar is cleared for the big dance, enjoy the Friday evening ham dinner and Saturday evening chicken BBQ meal. 
Separate Advance tickets required

Enjoy the fabulous ‘40’s Big Band concerts and dances Friday & Saturday evening, 7PM - 10PM.  Friday you'll swing to the "Let's Dance" big band, appearing ala Artie Shaw's USN Big Band.  On Saturday the Glenn Miller, USAAF style "Swing Fever" band will set your feet to tapping.


 See this NOTE for information on admission to attend the dance and/or evening meals, only.


Don't be surprised if the swinging sounds make you feel like cutting a rug, yourself!


If you stay for the evening entertainment you will see a WWII 60 inch AA searchlight in action, scouring the skies for raiders.


In the Pacific Theater, you'll witness Marines in combat with the stubborn Imperial Japanese defenders...

 

 


...and thrill to the recreation of the iconic flag-raising on Mt. Suribachi by the USMC Living History Detachment from Parris Island, SC.

Keep your head down!  American infantry and armor attack the Wehrmacht across open ground.

 

 


Watch military vehicles and military re-enactor units pass in review on Saturday & Sunday.


Examine the collections and displays of authentic weapons and gear close-up

Some re-enactor/owners will allow you to handle some equipment, but please ask permission before touching anything.


But keep your eye on the sky - you never know when an air raid is going to catch you out in the open...


 


 ...and be on the lookout for sneaky snipers!
 

It's not just the troops on the front lines who you'll encounter.  A lot of guys and gals were "in the rear with the gear" doing the unsung but vital jobs that kept the attack rolling and the troops fed, equipped, and healthy.

Explore the ruined, but still vibrant French Village.   Achtung!  You are in German territory!


Everywhere you look there is living history before your eyes.  Feel free to ask questions.  Re-enactors are well versed on the details of their roles, and experts on their equipment.  They will be pleased to share their knowledge and passion, and willing to pose for your camera.

Visit many authentic “Home Front” displays, including air raid wardens, a recreated '40's house, a cottage-style gas station and vintage cars, and a department store selling 1940's items.

See dozens of beautifully restored WWII aircraft
– observation planes, trainers, utility planes, transports, fighters, & bombers.

Scheduled Airshow Performers List


See many of these wonderful pieces of aviation history fly during the Saturday and Sunday airshows, from 1 PM – 4 PM.


All the action in the sky will be called by Larry Rutt, "The Voice of Experience" airshow announcer.  Larry has announced over 300 airshows over the past 35 years.  But Larry is no mere "talking head", he has 40+ years aviation experience flying 36 different civil and military aircraft types, from a Pitts S-2A to a Boeing 747-400.

But of course, as you've seen WWII Weekend is far more than just an airshow.  There is even more taking place on the ground.  So for all those times when you aren't squinting up at the wild blue yonder you'll be hearing the "voice of World War II Weekend".   That's "Tech Sgt Ted" Schwartz, who'll be keeping you informed, educated, and headed in all the right directions, throughout the day.

You can take a nostalgic, once-in-a-lifetime ride on the legendary B-17G Flying Fortress "Yankee Lady".


 You can also fly aboard the beautiful B-25 J Mitchell, "Panchito".  Flown by all the armed services, and made famous by Jimmy Doolittle's Tokyo Raid, the Mitchell served in every theater and earned it's nickname, "Sweetheart of the Forces".

"Scratch one flat-top."  Climb into the gunner's seat of either the rare Douglas SBD-5 "Dauntless" or the one-of-a-kind SB2C-5 "Helldiver" dive bomber, heroes of the Pacific War at sea.

Want to make like a fighter pilot?  Take the ultimate wild horse ride - fly on the incomparable P-51D Mustang, "Red Nose", then brag to all your buddies.

For something a bit more sporty (and economical) - fly aboard MAAM's beautiful SNJ Advanced or Stearman Primary Trainers.  This year, once again, the PT-19 "Cornell" primary trainer joins the ride fleet as does MAAM's Vultee BT-13 "Valiant".  These airplanes are the types that trained thousands of allied aviators during the war.


You will also have a chance to go aboard and tour some of these same aircraft, and other airshow attendees, such as the Berlin Airlift Foundation's C-54E "Skymaster" with it's own museum display in the cabin.

There will be nominal charges for some of these tours, benefitting the aircraft's upkeep and restoration.


Hear Delmas P. Wood as President Roosevelt  deliver the stirring "Day of Infamy" declaration of war speech at the evening hangar dance.  Don't miss your chance to talk to the President and have your picture taken with him as he relaxes between "new deals" (FDR was an inveterate poker player).  You'll find him in his tent located to the left of the main hangar.
 

As you stroll about the Pacific Theater, you may well encounter Brian Woodcock as General Douglas MacArthur with his staff.  He'll be back again this year.  Just don't call him "Dugout Doug"!  


There's lots of other top brass around, so look alive, soldier! You may run into General "Old Blood and Guts" Patton, portrayed by Gib Buckbee and General "Vinegar Joe" Stilwell, by Tom Troy.

Meet young PT boat commander LCDR John F. Kennedy, portrayed by Freddie Sietz,  and you just may find Betty Grable impressionist Alison Chambers on his arm.

  The ultra rare P-61B "Black Widow" will once again be out on the ramp. You can join the Black Widow Restoration Support Team - Buy some Black Widow apparel, the new book, Forgotten Widow, and other souvenirs.  Or just drop a buck or more in the bucket and help us make her the only one of her type in the air.

Help give the Widow her wings - literally...

BY MAKING A P-61 BLACK WIDOW KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN PLEDGE NOW

(Campaign Expires April 8, 2014)

 


Shop the extensive militaria flea market – 120 plus vendors make this one of the nation's largest.


The Main Hangar and T-Hangars are full of additional fascinating, educational displays of memorabilia, military equipment, models, art, books and more.

A variety of food vendors are on hand to slake your thirst and satisfy your appetite.

Are your dogs tired?  Take a load off at one of our shade tents.  You may also bring along your own lawn chairs.

We can't draft you, but we can try to recruit you!  Take advantage of a show discount and become a member of the Mid-Atlantic Air Museum.  Next year you can get a free one-day WWII Weekend ticket, or even volunteer to work at the show, if you wish.

Need some quick cash?  We got you covered - just stand under the awning and punch in your PIN.

Arrive early Sunday to attend the battlefield Church service conducted on the hood of a jeep at 9AM.  Sunday is a carbon copy of the Saturday show, ending at 5:00 PM.


There is much, much more to show and tell about World War II Weekend.  Explore the rest of the WWII Weekend Web and then order your advance tickets, because we can promise you one thing:  you'll have an unforgettable experience as you go back in time with us to learn about, and from, the brave men and women who lived it.

Gates open each day at 8:30 AM.  The Public will not be admitted before that time.