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Scott AFB: One Hundred Years in the Making

_MG_9231 (1000x514) The time period is June 1917, the location Belleville Illinois, located roughly 25 miles to the East of St. Louis Missouri. Construction begins on the then-known Scott Field, named after Corporal Frank Scott, the first enlisted person killed in an aviation related crash in 1911. The flying mission at Scott would begin a few months later with pilot and mechanic training on the Curtis JN-4D Jenny type aircraft. It would be these early days of flying and the hazardous nature of such that would give birth to a mission Scott still fulfills today, Aeromedical Evacuation. The mission at Scott would change in the 1920’s and 1930’s with the base being designated a “Lighter Than Air” Station with Balloons and Dirigibles assigned. In 1939 with the clouds of war looming, the mission reverted to a training role, this time it would be communications training which would last until 1957. The United States Air Force would become a service in 1947, Scott Field was renamed to Scott Air Force Base. The 1950s brought about many unit changes and re-designations with Aeromedical Evacuation becoming even more important than it already was. Read more »

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. Read more »

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 »