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Reading Air Show Collection

Creator:
Reading Aviation Service  Search this
Extent:
7 Cubic feet ((7 boxes))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Photographs
Programs
Scrapbooks
Date:
bulk 1946-1981
Scope and Contents:
This collection consists of seven cubic feet of programs; scrapbooks; black and white photographs; and financial ledgers documenting the Reading Air Show, 1946-1980. The scrapbooks including newspaper clippings; exhibitor registrations, rules and regulations agreements and passes; tickets; newsletters; press releases; and black and white photographs of both the exhibitors and the air shows.
Biographical / Historical:
During its over 40 years of operation, the Reading Air Show became one of the best known and attended air shows nationwide. Air shows at the Reading Airport started in 1939 and were run by the airport authority before the US Army took over and enlarged the show during World War II. After the war, Reading community flying clubs and Reading Aviation Services (RAS) started a modest show. The RAS, a fixed base operation providing aircraft service and supplies, was instrumental in the Reading Air Show (which they called the National Maintenance and Operations Meeting ) as an event to package their product and to thank their customers. Eventually the Air Show evolved into the following format: public air shows to open and close the show with commercially attended trade exhibits midweek. In 1966 the first military team performed. At its peak in the mid 1970s the four-day public attendance topped 100,000, with more than 200 companies and several hundred exhibits and 650 airplanes parked on the ramp. The roster of exhibitions included Rockwell International; Grumman American Aviation; Boeing Vertol; AVCO Lycoming; Bell Helicopter Textron; Aerospatiale Helicopter; Pratt & Whitney; Beechcraft; Piper; and Cessna. Eventually crowd control and logistics overwhelmed the modest airport and the staff of Reading Air Services who planned the event; the last year for the Air Show was 1980.
Provenance:
John Cianci, Gift, 2017
Restrictions:
No restrictions on access.
Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests
Topic:
Aeronautics  Search this
Reading Air Show  Search this
Air shows  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Programs
Scrapbooks
Citation:
Reading Air Show Collection, Accession 2017-0031, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NASM.2017.0031
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/pg23501940f-6b2d-4e5b-9f08-81ae30ee4f69
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-2017-0031

F-27, photographs for Reading Air Show

Collection Creator:
Fairchild Aircraft Corp  Search this
Container:
Box 86, Folder 5
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
June 6, 1959
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
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Fairchild Industries, Inc. collection
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/pg23cf9d850-b73a-4055-b865-a49cdcac1020
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-1989-0060-ref766

Fairchild F-27 at Reading Air Show, photographs

Collection Creator:
Fairchild Aircraft Corp  Search this
Container:
Box 516, Folder 3
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1960
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
See more items in:
Fairchild Industries, Inc. collection
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/pg2040d3b01-614b-4e2d-bd19-31ccbfe4e890
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-1989-0060-ref5986

1949 Reading Air Show, Sept. 25

Collection Creator:
National Aeronautic Association (U.S.)  Search this
Container:
Box 86, Folder 2
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access.
Collection Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests.
Collection Citation:
National Aeronautic Association (NAA) Archives (1918-1976), Acc. XXXX-0209, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
National Aeronautic Association (NAA) Archives
National Aeronautic Association (NAA) Archives / Series 3: Events, Races & Awards / 3.5: Air & Balloon Races
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/pg21dac665c-f728-44fd-9972-9dcb464cf285
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-xxxx-0209-ref583

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