Reliving History at WWII Weekend in Reading, PA

If you like history then do yourself a favor and attend the WWII Weekend held each year by the Mid-Atlantic Air Museum in Reading, PA. Each year hundreds of reenactors gather at the Reading Regional Airport - Spaatz Field in Berks County, Pennsylvania to teach and entertain you about the WWII era.

WWII Weekend - Reading, PA

Actors portray many celebrities of the time and recreate many of their famous speeches and skits. On the grounds of the air field you may run into celebrities such as Bob Hope, Abbott (Bill Riley) and Costello (Joe Ziegler) , or even President Roosevelt (Delmas P. Wood) to name a few.

Actor playing Bob Hope at WWII Weekend

Abbott (Bill Riley) and Costello (Joe Ziegler)

President Roosevelt (Delmas P. Wood)

Troops from all nations are represented.  The WWII reenactors do a great job answering questions and showing what it might have been like to live during that time.

Reenactor at WWII Weekend

Reenactor at WWII Weekend

Reenactor at WWII Weekend

Reenactors Marching at WWII Weekend

Reenactors reviewing flight plans at WWII Weekend

All forms of military weapons are on display from machine guns all the way up to tanks. Some are actually fired at the shooting range like this M18 57mm Recoilless Rifle.

Firing a M18 57mm Recoilless Rifle at WWII Weekend

M18 57mm Recoilless Rifle at WWII Weekend

Machine Gun at WWII Weekend

The pilots and their crews keep plenty of vintage warbirds in the air all weekend.

World War II era planes you may see include trainers like the Boeing N2S-1 "Stearman" N26M all the way up to the bombers such as the Boeing B-17G "Flying Fortress" 'Yankee Lady' or the Consolidated B-24 "Liberator" 'Diamond Lil'.

Boeing N2S-1 "Stearman" N26M

Boeing B-17G "Flying Fortress" 'Yankee Lady'

Consolidated B-24 "Liberator" 'Diamond Lil'

Be sure to check out more of this year's photos over on our photo site.  BG Customs Photos

You can also read about previous years' shows by searching our blog for WWII Weekend.