This trip isn't just across state lines, it's also an experiment in time travel. Tomorrow, Saturday and Sunday, you can go back to 1943 at the 12th annual World War II Weekend. Enjoy everything from bombers to barbecue at this event put on by the Mid-Atlantic Air Museum in Reading, Pa.
Not only can you watch demonstration flying of World War II bombers and other historical and modern aircraft, you can also catch a ride on a World War II training plane.
More than 60 military aircraft, 150 restored military vehicles and more than 800 re-enactors will re-create just about every aspect of the war. Witness an American assault on German troops or watch GIs patrolling a French village. Get a feel for the South Pacific or see a surgeon operate in the field. Both Axis and Allied encampments will include barracks, offices, shops and briefing tents. Stop in the authentic English officer's club for a drink and to hear Carolyn Hannan sing songs of the '40s.
On the home front, you can see a typical 1943 house, a service station and a radio studio where classic broadcasts will be re-created.
Hungry? Grab something from the mess tent or head to one of the food vendors. Displays and lectures are also part of the event, and souvenirs and military collectibles will be on sale.
The Mid-Atlantic Air Museum's World War II Weekend runs from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday and from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at 11 Museum Drive, Reading, Pa. Admission is $13 for adults and $5 for children ages 6-12. Call 610-372-7333 or visit www.maam.org.