Although I could not fly in to Reading Air Show early June, I wanted
to visit Mid Atlantic Air Museum at
Reading airport anyway. I finally had a chance to fly there about
a month after giving up the air-show fly-in.
It was hazy but a nice weather.
Main Hangar of the Mid Atlantic Air Museum
C-119 Flying Boxcar. I parked my Cessna next to
Since I parked my Cessna among the static display airplanes, my
Cessna became a temporary display.
Probably not all airplanes of this museum were there because
flyable ones may be participating a nearby air show. Nonetheless I
saw many rare airplanes.
It was not too rare. SNJ-2.
This museum is trying to restore Northrop P-61 Black Widow back to
the flying condition. P-61 was the first dedicated night fighter
in WWII. There were other fighter airplanes fitted with night air
combat equipment. But, this P-61 was designed to be a night
fighter. It had a radar for night air combat in the big nose dome.
P-61 Black Widow under restoration.
C-47 Skytrain. I believe this one was flyable.
P-2 Neptune. I remember I saw P-2J used by
Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force when I moved to near Atsugi base in
I believe the left one is Electra. And, the
right one is .... I forgot.
The tour guide said the below airplane was F-80. But, F-80 is
supposed to have two air intakes on the side of the fuselage. This
one cannot be F-80.
But, what is it then?
And, I'm sure I have never seen the airplane below in any other
places before. The main wing goes around the engine. The
idea was to accelerate the air flow over the wing by the engine to get
better lift. The idea was interesting, but didn't work. And,
this concept didn't become popular.
So, I still want to come to the air show here. Now I got a
little more familiar to this airport than before. It was a good
preparation for the next year. I hope I have a nicer weather for
the next year's Reading Air Show. I need a good weather across
Pennsylvania from Pittsburgh to Reading.
When I came back, UH-1 of Air Heritage Museum at Beaver County
Airport was practicing.