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- Welcome to the Mid-Atlantic Air Museum
- As you step into building 401 at the Reading
you take a step back in time -- into the golden
age of flight. Once
inside you are surrounded by aircraft whose
history is not only
a part of the development of aviation, but is also
closely intertwined with the
growth and defense of our nation. You will see
single-engined trainers to multi-engined
transports and bombers.
What makes the museum's collection truly unique is
that these planes are restored
by volunteer labor to flying condition -- and
participate annually in
airshows from Florida to Canada ... so in addition
to seeing static displays of
"finished" restorations, you may tour our work
to view the restoration process, and, at various
through-out the year, may observe the aircraft in
Some of the award-winning aircraft featured in the
- British Auster MKV/J1 Autocrat
- Nord 1101 / "Noralpha"
- Messerschmitt ME-208 "Taifun"
- Lockheed P2V "Neptune"
- Fairchild PT-23
- Commonwealth "Skyranger"
- De Haviland L-20A "Beaver"
- Vultee BT-13
- North American B-25
- North American B-25
- Piper L-21B "Super Cub"
Memorabilia associated with each aircraft and
of aviation is
also on continuous display. A library of aviation
books provides reference
materials for restoration, maintenance, and
history of aircraft.
The greatest part of the museum's efforts, both
physical and financial,
are expended locating, acquiring, and restoring
have been discovered in a variety of places and
conditions. Some are
obtained in restored, or at least, flyable
condition, while others
have been found in barns or even junkyards ...
complete with bird's nests.
The donation or purchase of an aircraft is only
the beginning -- followed
first by the logistical problem of transporting
the acquisition to the
museum and then by finding the parts needed for
the restoration ...
remember ... in many cases these parts were
produced for only a
short while, and production may have ended as many
as forty years ago!
Often the parts of two partial aircraft can be
combined on one
airframe to complete a restoration -- other parts
are donated, purchased
The airplane may be stripped to the frame, and
reassembled; using available photographs or
manuals. Several thousand man
hours later the airplane is ready for display, and
ultimately, flight ...
a living memorial to those who first designed ad
The investment of these hours also pays a greater
dividend, as each
year not only museum visitors but thousands of
attendees at airshows
recapture the excitement of seeing restored museum
aircraft in flight.
- The Mid-Atlantic Air Museum was established in
1980 for the purpose
of collecting and preserving vintage aircraft of
civil and military
origin. Restorations of the aircraft are as
authentic as possible in
order to create a true and visible connection with
the past. Our
- to preserve, in flying condition, a complete
collection of aircraft
- to provide museum buildings for protection and
display of these aircraft
and to establish the museum as a tribute to the
thousands of men and
women who built, serviced, and flew them.
- to perpetuate these aircraft in the memory and
hearts of all persons
- to establish an organization having commitment
and enthusiasm necessary
to operate, maintain and preserve these aircraft.
In January 1988 the Mid-Atlantic Air Museum
relocated it complete
operations to Reading Regional Airport.
Here the Mid Atlantic Air Museum has obtained use
of a hanger, offices
and aircraft ramps for the continued display and
operation of its growing aircraft
collection while actively pursuing construction of
a permanent museum
- Members of the Mid-Atlantic Air Museum posses
a wide range of
interests and abilities. They range from pilots
and those who help
restore and maintain our growing collection of
memorabilia to those who volunteer time at
airshows or contribute
much-needed financial support. All share the
to preserve a valuable and irreplaceable part of
We welcome those who would like to join our
efforts by becoming
Benefits of Regular Membership Include:
All contributions are tax-deductible
- The opportunity to learn about and take an
active part in aircraft
restoration and maintenance.
- The privilege of flying aboard museum aircraft
crew member, or passenger.
- A subscription to the museum' bi-monthly
- A Mid-Atlantic member's certificate,
membership pin, and embroidered
- The museum's member's manual, detailing
- Hours of Operation
- daily 9:30am to 4:00pm
Closed major holidays
- From Route 183, enter airport complex at
MacArthur Road (Meridan Bank),
right turn on Fisher Road (Federal Express), to
top of hill, right
turn to museum parking.
- Free parking
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Reviews / Comments by our visitors
| Len Bourgeois|
I have wondered why the several air museums that I have visited and statistics on the R-3350-32W engine list the horsepower as 3500. Maximum horsepower for take off for this engine is 3755.
12/15/2008 @ 05:54 [ref: 8560]
| Blaine R|
The Mid Atlantic Air Museum has a very nice collection of flyable and static aircraft on display, with the centerpeice the B-25 and the P-61 that is undergoing restoration and is on its wheels. The World War 2 weekend is an event that every aviation buff or WW2 buff needs to attend once in their lifetime. See thier website for all the details. The staff is very nice and the gift shop is stocked. I have been to the museum 3 times.
09/09/2008 @ 09:59 [ref: 8414]
| C. Trainor|
This is not an interactive web site. The people at CUNY set it up several years ago and it has not been updated since then. If you are interested in information about the Mid Atlantic Air Museum,or have a question for us, go to the museum web site at maam.org. I don't know where the person got the idea that there would be a P-61 flying in the next two years, since ours is the only one under restoration to fly and it is several years from completion. If you want to see it in the air, I urge you to send us a contribution (or a couple of R-2800s). While you are waiting for that to happen, give us a visit and watch our progress on her. You can also see some of our other aircraft, which now includes a beautifully restored TBM-3 Avenger. Also currently under restoration in our hangar are a Pietenpol Aircamper and a Kinner B-1 Sportster. A Cessna UC-78 is under restoration for display in the museum, but this activity is taking place offsite.
09/04/2008 @ 06:55 [ref: 8405]
Patchogue, New York
This is good museum with very helpful staff and a nice gift shop. I came to check out the P-2V but there is a P-61 Black Widow aircraft that was rescued from the jungles of Guam and is being restored.
12/27/2007 @ 17:50 [ref: 6632]
| Daniel L. Berek|
Flanders, New Jersey
This museum has a decent collection of a variety of aircraft, from the Golden Age to modern military and civil propliner types. Several of their restorations are world-class, such as the C-47 Skytrain and the B-25D Mitchell. The museum's Martin 404 won an EAA award several years back, but sadly this aircraft has languished and faded. The same can be said about the Vickers Viscount, which is a pity. The Convair 580, a former Forbes business aircraft, was sold in May 2006; sad to say, that aircraft crashed and was written off in Manitoba, Canada. The museum is currently restoring a P-61 Black Widow to flying condition; when that occurs, it will be only one of two airworthy examples in the world. There are a large number of planes and helicopters in a backlot awaiting restoration; anyway, these birds make for interesting pictures. Be sure to catch the museum's annual World War II Fly In (usually held in early June) - it's magnificent.
10/28/2006 @ 11:59 [ref: 5377]
| Don Geddes|
Ever since I was 6 yrs old (1946) I have loved airplanes . My favorites have always been P51,B25 and P61. I just learned that you are in process of restoring a P61 . Ghosts (Philip Makanna )says they will have a P61 in their calendar soon ( 2 yrs ) Could it be the one your'e restoring ? I don't know of any others .
07/12/2006 @ 06:08 [ref: 5131]
| C. Saltzman|
My Dad flew in the PBM-5 in the Korean war.
He would like to visit one in a museum. Can anyone tell us what museums may have a PBM-5?
12/10/2005 @ 11:45 [ref: 4666]
| Tom O\'Connell|
San Francisco, California
We just discovered your excellent website and
read the question from Edwin Wright of Salem, SC
in 2002 concerning the restoration of the P-61
Black Widow. We visited your museum in 1999 when
you were doing this work. What was your answer
to Mr. Wright and what is the current status of
12/08/2005 @ 22:14 [ref: 4662]
| gary baesel|
When does the museum expect the Vickers Viscount to be flying?
07/10/2005 @ 13:39 [ref: 4228]
| THOMAS HUNTER|
SYRACUSE, New York
I received the Flight Simulator add-on 'Briefing Time'(B-25J)...My computer cannot read it....Error message states- "..may be corruptd" etc. Is the format other than Windows?
12/05/2004 @ 02:26 [ref: 3613]
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