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Planes of Fame 2019

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One of my absolute favorite shows of the year, and the best vintage show in the Western United States, is the Planes of Fame Airshow held in Chino, California. This year's show commemorated the 75th anniversary of D-Day.

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READING – WORLD WAR TWO AT ITS FINEST:

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The Reading Regional Airport (RDG), three miles northwest or Reading, PA., and also known as Carl A. Spaatz Field, had its big WW2 Warbirds Air Show for 2019, officially called "A Gathering of Warbirds", on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, June 6, 7 and 8 of this year. Sure , they had 65 warbirds show up, the most ever, and a lot of them went up for a neat five hour flying show, but this Air Show is not just about the airplanes. For years the local citizens, the Mid-Atlantic Air Museum, the Airport Authority, the vendors and the 5,000 Army Reenactors have all combined every year to make this Show into a gigantic equivalent of a 1944 Broadway Play about World War Two. The big difference is that when you go to New York, the action is all in front of you (usually). At Reading everyone combines to make the action all around you, to effectively transport you back to the European Fields and Pacific Islands of World War 2. As you walk around, this Broadway Play is playing in front of you, behind you, next to you, and in the sky above you, as you and the 50,000 people who come each day experiences as they walk through the airport's grassy fields and closed taxiways and ramps of Reading Airport.

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The “Green Mountain Boys” – Vermont’s Air National Guard History

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All photos by Scott Zeno except where noted

The Vermont Air National Guard (VTANG) has roots that can be traced back to the years just before the American Revolutionary War, in the 1760s. Originally a militia organization named the Green Mountain Boys, they controlled land between the Connecticut River west to the State of New York; its troops assisted in the capture of the British stronghold of Fort Ticonderoga during the Revolutionary War. Later the Green Mountain Boys would be called up for participation in major conflicts such as the War of 1812, the Civil War, and the Spanish Civil War, among other conflicts.

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REPUBLIC AIRPORT – THE OTHER JONES BEACH AIR SHOW

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The Jones Beach Air Show, officially known as the "Bethpage Air Show at Jones Beach State Park 2019", was held on Saturday and Sunday, May 26th and 27th, 2019, at -- Jones Beach! But there was another air show going on at Republic Airport (FRG) in East Farmingdale, Long Island, New York, about 8 miles northwest of Jones Beach, where most of the air show performers were staging out of for the short hop to the Beach. I stayed at Republic and was rewarded by being able to get really close to most of the air show planes staging out of FRG. Plus I didn't have to bake on the Beach in the 90 degree heat that day.

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