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Another Look at Reading’s 2017 World War II Weekend

Enhc C-47D Yankee Doodle Dandy-8801 Photography by Howard German and Daniel O. Myers For twenty-seven years, a legion of committed World War II Weekend volunteers and re-enactors has turned the Reading, PA airport into an active and entertaining living history lesson. Entering the airports vast grounds, weekend attendees stepped back in time as they passed along the recreated Home Front with period actors conversing with the public. This WWII era Main Street included a recreated victory theater, air raid warden’s guard shack, house, cottage-style gas station with vintage cars and a department store selling 1940's dry goods. Meandered farther down the street, the O-Club offered a variety of 1940’s entertainment as actor portrayals of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, General Douglas MacArthur and LTJG John F. Kennedy strolled through the crowd. Read more »

Westfield International Air Show – Looking Back A Few Years

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The 2017 Westfield International Air Show is rapidly approaching, set for the weekend of August 12th and 13th. The show is held in conjunction with an Open House of the Massachusetts Air National Guard’s 104th Fighter Wing. This year’s show promises to include many active and retired military aircraft, as well as civilian performers. The Westfield – Barnes Regional Airport is situated within a thirty minute drive west of the city of Springfield, Massachusetts.

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A Salute to Air Mobility Heritage

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Like many other Military Bases across the country, Scott Air Force Base also has a Heritage Park to honor its rich history. Scott’s is located at 763 Siebert Road, which is directly outside of the main base entrance, and is appropriately named Scott Field Heritage Air Park. This park portrays the history of Scott Air Force Base also that of Air Mobility Command and specifically highlights the Airlift, Air Refueling, and Aeromedical Evacuation Missions. The Air Park includes current and former workhorses of Air Mobility Command with examples of the following aircraft types:

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What Does American Air Power and the Declaration of Independence Have In Common?

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What? The United States recently celebrated 241 years of independence, and a lot has changed since the fledgling nation began defending itself. In the 1700s, aviation was but a dream by a few imaginative soon-to-be American patriots. Indeed, parts of America’s Declaration of Independence focused on the most important transportation mode of the time… the world’s seas and their ability to support trade. Among the objections the Colonists had over the King of Great Britain were that he had “…plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.” Additionally, he was “…cutting off our trade with all parts of the world.” Thus, our founding fathers concluded that “… as Free and Independent States, they have full power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do". America declared that she had the right to defend herself and her important trade opportunities.

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