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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. Read more »

“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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The Other Jones Beach Air Show

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Jones Beach, NY, had a big Memorial Day Air Show on Saturday, May 27th. Show Center was at the classic Memorial Tower, at the center of Jones Beach State Park on the ocean, south of Freeport, Long Island. If you went to Jones Beach, it'd be a long walk from the parking lots to the water line! Although it was relatively mild on that Saturday, there have been days at these beach air shows - Jones Beach NY, Atlantic City NJ, Ocean City MD - when it could be in the 90's and watching an air show there under those hot conditions could be like being in the Sahara Desert - unless you were neck deep in the water. But for many Long Islanders, there is another more civilized solution - go to the launch point at Republic Airport and, if the wind is right, watch the planes taking off right next to you at Runway 1/19 next to the American Airpower Museum. Additionally, you get to see all the AAM's flyable warbirds. Read more »