Flyboys return to the skies for World War II weekend

BERN TOWNSHIP, Pa. - World War II era planes are taking to the skies over Berks County as one of Berks County's biggest annual events gets underway.

In addition to tours and rides, people will also be parachuting from the planes.

"The WWII airborne demonstration team is the most experienced C-47 jumpers in the world," said John Lind with the WWII Airborne Demonstration Team.

Lind and his team of parajumpers came all the way from Oklahoma for World War II Weekend.

They train on the C-47, but this weekend, they'll jump out of this C-46, which is one of the only flyable ones left.

"It was used for transporting supplies all over the world and also drop paratroopers," he said.

They put on more than 140 pounds of gear before jumping.

With more than 80 planes, 200 military vehicles, and 1500 reenactors, the Reading Regional Airport in Bern Township has been transformed into a military base from the 1940s where people like Evelyn Fontanesi can relive memories.

She says her husband fought in the war.

"We went in with 85 soldiers and Germans were all lined up on the beachhead and 14 came back," said Fontanesi.

Each year she brings a poster with her which displays all of his honors.

"I didn't know when I met my husband that he was a hero, and I caught him," she said while laughing.

30,000 people are expected to turn out this weekend. The festivities go until Sunday, and there's a air show every single day.

69 News is a proud sponsor of the event.


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