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2017 Camarillo Air Show Preview

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Coming up in just over a month is the famed Wings over Camarillo Air Show in Camarillo, Ca. on August 19th and 20th. This year will prove to be yet again one of the “can’t miss” shows of the year!

The Grand Marshal this year will be one of the surviving Tuskegee Airmen. At 97 years young, Lt. Col. Robert (Bob) J. Friend is one of the first African American pilots to serve in the U.S. military and was assigned to the 332nd Fighter Group, The Red Tails, which flew the P-51 Mustang during WWII.

For this year’s aerial entertainment, Vicky Benzing, John Collver, Judy Phelps, and Sammy Mason are on tap to provide the aerobatics.

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America’s First Defense Airport

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On Memorial Day Weekend 2017, Millville, NJ celebrated the 75th anniversary of Millville Army Airport- “America’s First Defense Airport”- by continuing a long tradition of hosting air shows. This year’s show welcomed back the U.S. Navy Blue Angels, who last appeared at Millville in 2007.

The story of Millville Army Air Field starts with the Millville Flying Club (chartered November 9, 1939) petitioning the city to build a local airport. The Flying Club’s dream came true on February 2, 1941 when, on a huge tract of wooded land, construction started under the National Defense Act of 1940 on an airfield (Moore’s Field) replete with asphalt runways. As construction neared completion, the mayor of Millville proclaimed August 2, 1941 “Millville Airport Day” by closing all businesses in the city, except drug stores and service stations. Ten thousand people attended the grand event dedicating the nation’s “First Defense Airport” that included the airfield’s first air show. Local flyers thrilled the crowd with snap rolls, inverted flying, stalls and loops, along with free airplane rides. The show concluded with a bomb-dropping contest and parachute jump.

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Reading WWII: It’s A Broadway Show!

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The Mid-Atlantic Air Museum presented its “27th Annual World War 2 Weekend and ‘Gathering of Warbirds’ ” on June 2nd through June 4th, 2017 at the Reading Airport in the rolling hills of Pennsylvania. Over the years this World War II Weekend has continued to grow and be refined until it now has become the largest and most well-known event of its type anywhere in the world. It continues to draw spectators from all over the Americas, as well as from Europe and Asia. Each year thirty-five coordinators, and more than four hundred volunteers come together to create this historic event for the Mid-Atlantic Air Museum. This year the show hosted almost 2,500 reenactors representing every military army that participated in WWII with over sixty-five vintage WWII warbirds, more than two hundred WWII military vehicles, a gigantic WWII flea market, a cadre of some thirty-three noted special guests and WWII veterans, entertainers, speakers, singers, authors, two WWII Big Band Orchestras, two popular evening 1940 Hanger Dances, President Roosevelt, Lt. Jack Kennedy, Admiral Chester Nimitz, Admiral “Bull” Halsey, General Douglas McArthur, and many spectators dressed up in classic 1940’s authentic clothing. The star of the show was MAAM’s rare Northrop P-61B “Black Widow” (42-39445) nearing the completion of final restoration and on display in a special tent on the ramp near the Main Hanger.

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“Destination: Oshkosh, 2017″

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What’s a girl to do? It’s another grey day in Indiana. The sun is not even trying to peek though and I want to go flying! I’m grounded. And I don’t have a pilot’s license or a pilot (for that matter.) I look at the calendar and see that we are just under 30 days until EAA AirVenture!!! It’s that time again. Time to see friends I only get to see once a year. Some come to Oshkosh for the 10,000+ airplanes. I go to Oshkosh for the 500,000+ people and to see my friends from Georgia, South Carolina, Texas, Florida, West Virginia, even Canada and New Zealand. I can’t wait to see their smiling faces and hear about their journey to OSH17.

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