WWII show in Reading, PA


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Winter Borne
May 9, 2007, 11:44 AM
Is anyone going to the World war II air show in Reading, PA? I will be there to raise the flag on Iwo with my group of Marine re-enactors and we will once again be hooking up with the Paris Island Living History group as well for a full out battle for Iwo. If you've never been, it's a must see. The Gunny R. Lee Emmory will be there as well with his Mail Call group from the History Chanel as well as a couple of hundred re-enactors with aircraft as well.
Here is a link to the show, and I will try to post some pictures of last year's first flag raising as well.

www.maam.org/maamwwii.html

Hope to see you there. If you come, I will be the pudgy guy with the Thompson at Mt. Surabachi.

mk

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offthepaper
May 9, 2007, 12:06 PM
Looks like a good time. I got to check my schedule.

TrybalRage
May 9, 2007, 01:26 PM
psst... REAding, PA. :D

Gonna try and make it this year, last year R. Lee Ermey was there and seems like everyone in my county got a picture with him but me. :scrutiny:

I always enjoy being away from the airport and watching the B-17 fly overhead. Pretty cool.

tenbase
May 9, 2007, 01:37 PM
that looks awesome...not too bad of a drive from NoVA, just might come up and check it out. Thanks!

buck00
May 9, 2007, 02:07 PM
Yes it is Reading, PA. That is pronounced RED-ing, not like "reading a book." Hahaha.

The airshow itself is really awesome, especially if you like planes and jets. Plus they usually have lots of military stuff there. When I went there as a kid you could hold a Stinger missile launcher. I'm not sure if the Blue Angels will be flying at this one though.

I think its like $20 for a ticket.

It would be really great to meet Lee Ermey.

Ian Sean
May 9, 2007, 02:11 PM
Only made it to one of them a few years back, real good time...re-enactors, guys selling militaria and all the vintage aircraft!

I live about 15 miles from the airport....no way to describe seeing a B-17 circling over your house!:D

Wish I had the money (several hundred $ ) to take a ride.

hotpig
May 9, 2007, 03:01 PM
My step son is going to be out of town. He lives near the airport. If he was home I would fly out to see it.

cbsbyte
May 10, 2007, 01:25 PM
I always get a kick out of reenactments of any time period. Its funny sight to watch very overweight, obese men running around playing solider. I don't question their sincerity but you would think at public displays they would only allow reenactors that representative of the soldiers that fought. I doubt there where to many 300lbs paratroopers.

Plain Old Bill
May 10, 2007, 03:04 PM
We live about 25 miles away, have been going for years...the kids wouldn't miss it! Had a bonus last year, got a chance to talk to Shifty Powers and a few others from the "Band of Brothers".
You see stuff there you wouldn't ever see anywhere else.....:)

usp9
May 10, 2007, 06:13 PM
Thanks for the heads up...sounds like fun.

greenflash107
May 10, 2007, 08:02 PM
I am a WWII buff, but that is to far away for me to see. I know it will be a great show. Enjoy!

TrybalRage
May 10, 2007, 08:17 PM
I'm gonna have to see if I can get a THR pin for ID.

Pax Jordana
May 10, 2007, 08:51 PM
I might go, just to see R. Lee Ermey, to shake his leathery hand and look him in his steely eye.

Watch SM be conspicuously absent from the forums all weekend.......



Also a relevant excerpt from the reenactor's site..
WEAPONS :: FIREARMS AND WEAPONS OF ANY KIND ARE SPECIFICALLY PROHIBITED FROM BEING BROUGHT ONTO THE EVENT GROUNDS BY THE GENERAL PUBLIC AND WILL BE CONFISCATED BY SECURITY PERSONNEL AT THE ADMISSIONS GATE. (NOTE: THIS DOES NOT APPLY TO PRE-REGISTERED RE-ENACTOR GROUPS. SEE THE FOLLOWING SECTION)

Winter Borne
May 10, 2007, 09:36 PM
Good looking out Pax J. I usually carry a Thompson 1928A with dummy receiver, and I was stopped three times last year by folks who just had to "see" it. I thought a couple might be ATF guys looking for a bust. I refrain from bringing a real gun. My side arm i a convincing 8mm blank 1911 and like I said the Thompson sports a dummy for the show. If I bring the Garand, then she's set up with a BFD so there is no miss-understandings. My VA CCW is recognized in PA, but since the show is held at an airport I figure regular Homeland Security Rules apply.

Hope to see you guys there.

mk

Glockman17366
May 10, 2007, 11:57 PM
Belay my last...
(read the link)

Tim L
May 11, 2007, 03:11 PM
Wish I had the money (several hundred $ ) to take a ride.

Ian- hit up all of your friends and family for the birthday presents they forgot to give you, sell blood, something because it is an incredible ride. those rides seem to be going up about $25 per year. It's a noisy, drafty, somewhat turbulent ride and once airborne you can walk around. It is amazing how narrow the catwalk is through the bombay when the plane is bouncing around in flight.

Tim

Cheeseybacon
May 11, 2007, 03:39 PM
Oh man, I have a buddy who is a total WWII aircraft fanatic! I'm gonna hafta let him know about this...

obxned
May 11, 2007, 03:51 PM
Wish I could be there!

Ian Sean
May 20, 2007, 08:06 PM
Heard a blurb on the radio today...advertising...for the aircraft history buff's among the displayed planes will have a B-17, 3 B-25's and also a ME-109!!!:)

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