Reenactments are a great place to see uniforms & equipment up close. There are four shows we attend each year and highly recommend.
The Mid-Atlantic Air Museum in Reading, PA holds the Reading WWII Airshow / Weekend each year during the first weekend in June to commemorate D-Day. This is a massive 3-day event that includes everything WWII. There are thousands of reenactors that set up well organized camps across the fields that include allied and axis participants. The main hanger hosts WWII veterans and showcases some spectacular collections. The Airshow portion of the show includes all types of WWII planes from trainers to fighters to bombers…including the last flying B-29s in the world (Doc & Fifi). There are Tanks, Jeeps, Trucks, vintage cars and even a fabricated WWII village that the Germans occupy until the Allies liberate the town in the afternoon. Check the schedules and plan ahead! The flame thrower demonstration is one-of-a-kind! There is a huge flea market area where you can buy souvenirs as well as actual military items from WWII! If you go to only one show this year…this should be the one!
NOTICE: Unfortunately, due to President Joe Biden returning to Delaware on the weekends, the New Garden Airfield can not guarantee air space for planes. Air shows can not be planned during this period.
The New Garden Airshow is an annual Airshow held in June or August at the New Garden Airfield in Toughkenemon, PA. This is a true old-school Airshow with vintage planes, warbirds and modern acrobatic & stunt planes. There is a lot to do and see at this show as they have an Antique & Collectible Car show on the show grounds. There are activities for the kids, things to buy and food vendors that cater to all tastes! We participate with the slowly growing contingent of military vehicles and WWII Re-Enactors that set up camps. Part of the Airshow includes a remote control demonstration that is amazing. They usually showcase RC Jet planes that reach speeds well over 100 mph.
The Military Living History Association presents WWII Weekend in Horsham, PA. All proceeds benefit veterans and present day military service men and women. They offer an exciting step back into the 1940’s & WWII with reenactment units setting up camps on the grounds for the weekend and engaging in a mock battles on Saturday and Sunday. The purpose of the WWII weekend is to educate visitors about the courage of our soldiers, the sacrifices they made, and the hardships they endured. The mock battle is exciting, but can also be loud and scary; although war is often romanticized, they hope the visitors come away with an appreciation of how frightening and brutal armed conflict was – and is – and understand the bravery of those who need to defend our freedoms.
Trains & Troops is usually the weekend before Veteran’s Day and is held at the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania. This year it will be held November 4th & 5th. It is a salute to veterans of all time periods. We usually take our WWII Jeep and the Mini Jeep along w/ a display of WWII artifacts. There is always a great assortment of displays and lots to see. If you’ve never been to the Museum, this would be a good weekend to give it a try, it is a hidden gem in Lancaster. If you like trains, the Strasburg Railroad is right across the street and they offer steam engine rides through Lancaster County.