As part of its yearlong 75th anniversary series of events Civil Air Patrol included its living history display at the annual World War II Weekend in Reading, Pennsylvania.
The early June weekend featured over 50 restored wartime aircraft, hundreds of re-enactors representing various military units, and numerous vehicles, weapons and encampments. The Word War II-themed air show was a perfect venue for highlighting CAP’s... anniversary.
During the weekend CAP’s display represented two wartime bases. The first, Coastal Patrol Base 2 at Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, was a key operating location for CAP anti-submarine patrols early in the war, when enemy submarines were sinking critical shipping within sight of the Atlantic and Gulf coasts. The second, Reading Courier Service Station 4, supported quick response transportation of essential military personnel and critical cargo around the Mid-Atlantic states. Station 4 was commanded by pioneering woman aviator Frances Nolde.
Photo: : WWII Weekend 2016
- Tech. Sgt. George Brizek, the living history leader,
leaves the flight line before engine start
for the Commemorative Air Force Stinson 10.