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Went to the show Sunday, I had a blast. For some reason it did not seem packed to me. Weather was great. I did notice more people hanging out in the Airport parking lot watching the planes go by. Any chance to get a p38 next year? (not the can opener)

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Another great year. Saturday I thought was packed, Sunday was pretty light in terms of attendance,...at least what I thought. Was there in the PTO with our 25th ID group again. My absolute favorite time is right around 5 pm when the crowd starts to leave, sun goes down, and we can just relax with a cold one in our canteen cups listening and watching some planes fly by!

 

I took a ton of pictures, I'll post some up as soon as I get a chance to go through them.

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Went to the show Sunday, I had a blast. For some reason it did not seem packed to me. Weather was great. I did notice more people hanging out in the Airport parking lot watching the planes go by. Any chance to get a p38 next year? (not the can opener)

 

One year in the last 12 to 13 they had a P-38, but honestly I think it's quite rare to get something like that, esp being on the East Coast, where there's not as many warbirds as the midwest and west coast. Also, they pretty much have deals made with the Yankee Air Museum (B-17, C-47, B-25) and the CAF (this year F4U, P-51, B-29, B-24, C-46, Dauntless, Helldiver), so you can always bet them to be represented.

 

Now I have also heard that they are not the 'easiest' to work with (the organizers that is) from a warbird pilot I knew, and I overheard this year one of the paratrooper guys saying they have been trying to get here for years, but they just kept saying no. Only reason they got here this year is because they teamed up with the C-46 as a 'package' deal.

 

I would love to see some different things come in, but I think between their prior agreements and the somewhat lack of different aircraft close by, what you saw this year is what you will see next year, with maybe a little change or two.

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Interested in all items relating to the 7th AAF, especially those of the VLR P-51 Pilots of the 15th, 21st, and 506th Fighter Groups.

 

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One year in the last 12 to 13 they had a P-38, but honestly I think it's quite rare to get something like that, esp being on the East Coast, where there's not as many warbirds as the midwest and west coast. Also, they pretty much have deals made with the Yankee Air Museum (B-17, C-47, B-25) and the CAF (this year F4U, P-51, B-29, B-24, C-46, Dauntless, Helldiver), so you can always bet them to be represented.

 

Now I have also heard that they are not the 'easiest' to work with (the organizers that is) from a warbird pilot I knew, and I overheard this year one of the paratrooper guys saying they have been trying to get here for years, but they just kept saying no. Only reason they got here this year is because they teamed up with the C-46 as a 'package' deal.

 

I would love to see some different things come in, but I think between their prior agreements and the somewhat lack of different aircraft close by, what you saw this year is what you will see next year, with maybe a little change or two.

 

They need some new variety overall lol, the only thing they need to not do is cut down on is vets in the Hangar. There were several that were [basically speaking] not allowed to come since they'd come 3 years in a row. I say ditch some of the vendors and put them in the flea market, rather than telling the 93yr old "we'll see you next year", when there may not be a next year.

 

I had fantastic time, but the museum people themselves don't give a crap about the vets in the hangar.

***Items from unit called 8th Field Depot***

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Intact ["out of the woodwork"] Marine Corps combat groups from WWII.

 

Unique items signed by many Marines from one unit, or inscribed with combat history.

 

Marine Corps valor recipient items.

 

Souvenirs taken by Marines with exceptional background and/or unique stories/documentation.

 

Marine Ship Detachment items from major naval engagements and those that warrant stars to ETO ribbon.

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This was my first year attending and regret having never gone before! But, I now have another great event to put on my calendar. A good friend of mine does a German impression and this was his 12th year..... Started going in 9th grade. He showed me around and my head spun with the amount of great stuff to look at. My dad had an especially great time. Next year as an early Fathers Day gift the family will be paying to have him go for a ride in a B-25. Will post some pics if I can find a way to resize.... Looking forward to next year!

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