Mid-Atlantic Air Museum

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    Welcome to the Mid-Atlantic Air Museum
    As you step into building 401 at the Reading Regional Airport, 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 everything from 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 areas to view the restoration process, and, at various times through-out the year, may observe the aircraft in flight.

    Some of the award-winning aircraft featured in the museum's collection include

    • 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 aircraft. Planes 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 or fabricated.

    The airplane may be stripped to the frame, and then painstakingly 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 flew it.

    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 objectives are
    1. to preserve, in flying condition, a complete collection of aircraft
    2. 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.
    3. to perpetuate these aircraft in the memory and hearts of all persons
    4. 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 facility.

    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 aircraft and memorabilia to those who volunteer time at airshows or contribute much-needed financial support. All share the common desire to preserve a valuable and irreplaceable part of aviation history. We welcome those who would like to join our efforts by becoming museum members.

    Benefits of Regular Membership Include:

    • The opportunity to learn about and take an active part in aircraft restoration and maintenance.
    • The privilege of flying aboard museum aircraft as pilot, crew member, or passenger.
    • A subscription to the museum' bi-monthly newsletter
    • A Mid-Atlantic member's certificate, membership pin, and embroidered path.
    • The museum's member's manual, detailing members activities.
    All contributions are tax-deductible

General Information

    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
Exhibits - By Primary role
Bomber - 'B' 1924-Present
 North American B-25J (Mitchell) Serial No: 43-27638 
Commercial Transport (UK)
 Vickers 745D (Viscount) Serial No: Unknown 
Commercial Transport (USA)
 Beechcraft Twin BeechG18S (Twin Beech) Serial No: Unknown  
 Convair 340 Serial No: N30EG 
 Martin 404 Serial No: 14141 
 Piper PA-34 Serial No: N5297T 
 Piper PA-38 (Tomahawk) Serial No: Unknown  
Fighter (UK)
 Hawker Hunter Mk. 58 Serial No: n58mx 
Helicopter - 'H' 1948-Present
 Sikorsky HH-52A Serial No: 1394 
Liaison - 'L' 1942-1962
 De Havilland L-20A (Beaver) Serial No: Unknown  
 De Havilland L-20A (Beaver) Serial No: 52-6112  
 Piper L-21B (Grasshopper) Serial No: 53-7720 
Patrol - NAVY 'P' 1962-Present
 Lockheed P-2H (Neptune) Serial No: 144683 
Primary Trainer - 'PT' 1925-1947
 Fairchild PT-19B (Cornell) Serial No: 41-51563 
Scout trainer - 'SN' 1939-1948
 North American SNJ-4 (Texan) Serial No: N24554 
 Vultee SNV-1 (Valiant) Serial No: 22441 
Trainer, Ground (USA)
 Link Trainer Serial No: Unknown 
Trainer - 'N' 1922-1926
 Naval Aircraft Factory N3N-3 (Yellow Peril) Serial No: 2782 
Transport - 'C' 1925-1962
 Fairchild C-119F (Flying Boxcar) Serial No: n175ml 
Transport - NAVY 'R' 1931-1962
 Douglas R4D-6 (Skytrain) Serial No: 50819 
Utility Transport (USA)
 Cessna 150M Serial No: n1714gr 
 ERCO Ercoupe415 (-G) Serial No: n3430h 
 Fairchild 24-G Serial No: nc19139 
 Piper PA-23 (Aztec) Serial No: Unknown  
[Not yet classified]
 Custer CCW-5 (Channel Wing) Serial No: n5855v 


Reviews / Comments by our visitors
 Len Bourgeois
 Valparaiso, Florida

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
 , Pennsylvania

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
 Baltimore, Maryland

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
 Hawley, Pennsylvania

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
 , Pennsylvania

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 the aircraft?
12/08/2005 @ 22:14 [ref: 4662]
 gary baesel
 lawndale, California

When does the museum expect the Vickers Viscount to be flying? gary b.
07/10/2005 @ 13:39 [ref: 4228]

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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