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Reading PA World War II Weekend, 2016

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For twenty-six years the Mid-Atlantic Air Museum located at the Reading, Pa Regional Airport has conducted its World War II Weekend. Consistently attracting a large audience to any venue constantly requires something new and exciting. And that’s just what the Reading show has done for more than two decades. Drawing attention to this year’s show was a British invasion of two rare and unique planes, a de Havilland DH-98 Mosquito (KA114) and Supermarine Spitfire Mk IXe (MJ730), both from the Military Aviation Museum located in Virginia Beach, VA.

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2016 EAA AirVenture Photo Scrapbook

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2016 Oshkosh Warbird Scrapbook

Another EAA AirVenture has come and gone, and it’s time to take stock in what we saw. There were headlines and behind-the-scenes stories that made splashes across social media sites and web sites around the world.

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Rather than reiterate old news, we thought we’d like to just show some of our favorite photos from the huge event, and let you enjoy the rich collection of aircraft that reflected military heritage around the world.

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Anniversaries Abound at the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2016

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The yearly EAA AirVenture at Oshkosh recognized a number of aircraft models and organizations for their milestones of longevity, during the 2016 show, like the Mustang II, a variant of the Midget Mustang, which turned 50 this year.  Altogether, there were at least nine anniversary celebrations, and I found several other aircraft types and an organization that were not officially recognized too, but worth noting here.  Here’s a quick rundown of some historic anniversaries in aviation’s history, and what was present to mark these milestones at the 2016 EAA AirVenture.

Boeing’s 100 years of aircraft manufacturing. On July 15, 1916, William Boeing incorporated the business which would become today’s Boeing…a giant in commercial and defense aviation. Throughout the week-long EAA AirVenture, different aircraft – including both original Boeing models and those of legacy companies such as McDonnell Douglas and North American, were displayed on the ground and in the air.  A new B-737-900ER, operated by Alaska Airlines and wearing a special commemorative Boeing color scheme, was a highlight. Early in the week, a legacy McDonnell Douglas F-15C Eagle and a pair of QF-4E Phantoms were highlighted. Read more »

Boeing Marks Its 100th Year in Business

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On October 1, 1881, William E. Boeing was born in Detroit, Michigan. He, and the company he would later found, would offer innovation and expansion to a fledgling aircraft building industry in the early part of the 20th Century. His philosophy was, and the company’s still is, to “Build something better”. Later, armed with many strategic concepts and systems developed by the company, the U.S. would survive the Second World War, a Cold War, and other conflicts abroad. Commercially, Boeing products helped to fuel a revolution in global air travel, bringing the world closer together. On July 15, 2016, Boeing will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the company’s founding, begun when William Boeing incorporated the Pacific Aero Products Company of Seattle Washington.

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