That ‘70s Airshow

Business, babes, and barnstormers. For awhile, Reading, Pennsylvania, had it all.

Air & Space Magazine

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John Cianci is at work on a book about the history of aviation in Reading. He says that for RAS, the show was really a 12-month undertaking, employing two people full-time with work on the next show beginning the Monday after a show closed. According to Cianci, RAS involvement grew more costly and time consuming each cycle. “They lost their maintenance people beginning months before, putting up fences and stages, and it took longer each year to pack away,” he says.

Two years after the original show closed, Reading Aviation Service changed its name to that of its subsidiary Suburban Airlines. Maintenance operations had been winding down, but the airline continued its routes. In 1988, Suburban liquidated the last of the maintenance operation and sold its aircraft and routes to US Airways.

Although Reading Aerofest was intended to be an annual event, just as the Reading Air Show was for 31 years, the last three Aerofests had to be canceled when the organizers failed to recapture a jet team.

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