thirty first annual World Conflict II Weekend underway in Berks

BERN TWP., Pa. — World Conflict II Weekend in Berks County is likely one of the largest occasions of its form, bringing in tens of 1000’s of individuals for a weekend to go to yesteryear.

“I inform folks that is residing historical past,” mentioned Ron Gosdeck, tour information actions coordinator for the Mid-Atlantic Air Museum in Bern Township.

“We usually get 25,000 to 35,000 folks for the weekend. We’ll have 1,600 or 1,800 reenactors camp out right here. We’ve got a flea market with a pair hundred distributors up there,” mentioned Gosdeck. “You possibly can see all of the plane we now have out right here.”

The plane are the most important attracts, together with a restored 1942 Douglas C-53-DO Skytrooper.

Seven years in the past, that plane was deserted in a area in Ohio. At present, it has been restored to its full glory and that is solely the second time it has been to an airshow.

Jason Capra, a longtime World Conflict II fanatic and president, founder and chief pilot of Classic Wings Inc., poured money and time into bringing it again to life.

“I had this immediate reference to the airplane and I felt horrible for it,” Capra defined. “I knew there was rather a lot to it and I simply felt that this kind of story and piece of American historical past wanted to be saved.”

World Conflict II Weekend will proceed Saturday and Sunday on the Mid-Atlantic Air Museum on the Studying Regional Airport in Bern Township. The gates open at 8:30 a.m. every day. Exhibits will finish at 10 p.m. on Saturday and at 5 p.m. on Sunday.

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