Hagerstown Aviation Museum "Open Airplane Afternoon"
Bring the family out to the Hagerstown Regional Airport to climb aboard and sit in the cockpit of the historic Fairchild Flying Boxcar and PT-26 aircraft. See exhibits and other museum aircraft such as the 1928 Kreider Reisner KR-31 biplane, 1943 Fairchild PT-19 WWII Trainer and Fairchild 24, all built in Hagerstown. The museum owns twenty historic aircraft, twelve of which were built in Hagerstown.
These aircraft are a testament to the spirit, will and talent of generations in and around Hagerstown and serve as monuments to the men and women who built, flew and maintained these aircraft in defense of our nation in times of war and peace. For most of the 20th century, the building of airplanes played a major role in many families and communities of the Hagerstown area.
Step back in time and experience a memorable flight in the museum's 1943 Fairchild PT-19 Primary Trainer! Thousands of allied pilots earned their wings during WWII in this historic aircraft built by Fairchild Aircraft seventy years ago in Hagerstown, Maryland. By making a $100 donation, you too can experience the thrill of open cockpit flying. The museum plans to have rides available after 2 pm, weather permitting. Event is rain or shine.
FREE admission/donations accepted. Museum merchandise, books, DVDs, hats, toys for sale. FREE museum aircraft collection poster for all guests.
“Open Airplane Afternoon” is a great time to donate items to the museum related to Hagerstown’s aviation past.
As of July 29, 2015 C-123 Homecoming postponed. Next possible date to be determined. Check here, the museum Facebook page or call 301-733-8717 for updates.
Sunday August 16, 1pm-4pm - Open Airplane Afternoon/National Aviation Day
Saturday, October 3, 9am-4pm - Wings and Wheels Expo 2015
C-123 RESTORED CONTROL SURFACES INSTALLED
June 18, 2015, C-123 UPDATE: The restored ailerons, rudder and elevators have been installed! Today, under the extreme heat of the Ft Lauderdale sun, the Aztec Airways crew completed the installation of the C-123 control surfaces by installing the rudder and elevators. Thank you to everyone involved in this project! A special thank you to the Broward County Sheriff's Office Aviation Unit for the use of their ramp to park the C-123 while work is completed on the aircraft. Photos provided by Tom Sheridan and Kevin Warwick.
February, 2015 The museum's Fairchild C-123 is one major step closer to coming home! The C-123 control surfaces are finished and ready to return to Ft Lauderdale to be reinstalled. The plan is to do this in March and fly the C-123 home to Hagerstown in April or May. Keep checking the museum website and Facebook page for homecoming date and details.
December 23, 2013
C-123 Fabric Covered Control Surfaces brought to Hagerstown for a Recover
After further inspection of the control surfaces the decision was made that a complete recover was necessary considering the age of the fabric and the many patches already on the fabric. On December 17, the rudder, elevators and ailerons of the museums Fairchild C-123 were removed from the aircraft and then transported to Hagerstown for a complete recover. A volunteer fabric recovering crew will do the work over the next several months.
The museum's flight crew inspected the C-123 on November 6th in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Engines ran well, some minor issues were found on various systems that should not take too much time to fix. The left aileron needs some fabric repair that will take some time. Will keep you updated as work progresses.
November 10, 2013
The Hagerstown Aviation Museum is in the process of preparing it's Fairchild C-123 Provider N681DG to fly home to Hagerstown, Maryland. This Vietnam War era veteran was manufactured in 1956 at the Fairchild Aircraft Company in Hagerstown. The US Air Force used the C-123 to transport troops and supplies in and out of some of the most diffcult and dangerous airfields during the Vietnam War. Of the over 300 C-123’s built only a handful still fly today. Acquired by the museum a year ago, this C-123 will join the museum’s collection of twenty historic aircraft, most of which were built in Hagerstown.
A crew from the museum recently traveled to Ft Lauderdale, Florida, on November 6th, to inspect the aircraft in preparation for a ferry flight. The C-123 is in good overall condition with a few items still needing work which require time and money. To complete this work and fly this veteran aircraft home to Hagerstown the museum is asking for your support. You can make a donation to the C-123 fund by clicking on the C-123 Donate Here button. By making a donation you will be recognized with your name being printed in the museum’ s New Pegasus magazine and on a special donor plaque mounted inside the C-123. You will also receive a Certificate of Appreciation and an invitation to a C-123 Donors Reception. For a donation of $100 or more, you will also receive a special two hour C-123 DVD of seven original Fairchild films showing the C-123 in production, in testing and in its many uses around the world!
Thank you to all the donors who are funding the effort to bring a Fairchild C-123 home to Hagerstown! Also, thank you to our flight crew and mechanics who are giving of their time, knowledge and experience! This is a real community project to help preserve Hagerstown's aviation heritage.
The Mary K. Bowman Historical and Fine Arts Fund, a component of the Community Foundation made the following awards at a ceremony hosted by the Hagerstown Aviation Museum: Fort Ritchie Community Center, $2,500 for 2 Summer Arts Programs; WCMFA, $10,000 for Youth Art Education Initiatives; Wash. Cty Free Library $4,000 for Historic Newspaper Indexing; San Mar Children's Home $2,000 for an Arts and ...Culture Program for At-Risk Adolescent Girls; Maryland Symphony Orchestra $7,500 for artistic support for the KinderKonzerts Series; Washington County Arts Council $2,000 for an Art Educator's Exhibit; Hagerstown Aviation Museum $10,000 to bring the Fairchild C123 home; Discovery Station at Hagerstown $2,000 for Music of the Civil War; Memorial Rec Center $2,000 for the Learning Garden and Hagerstown Day Nursery $3,400 to support student trips to KinderKonzerts.
The Hagerstown Aviation Museum was pleased to host the grant awards ceremony and is very grateful to the Mary K Bowman Historical and Fine Arts Fund Board and the Community Foundation for the grant to help bring the museum's Fairchild C-123 home to Hagerstown!
1956 Fairchild C-123K Provider
N681DG, USAF 54-0681, SN 20130
Your help is needed to bring this C-123 home to Hagerstown!
December 12, 2012
We have exciting news to share with you! After many years of searching, the Hagerstown Aviation Museum has finally found an airworthy Fairchild C-123 Provider. This is a rare opportunity for the museum to complete its collection of Hagerstown built military cargo aircraft. With your help, the museum’s goal of bringing a Fairchild C-123 home to Hagerstown can become a reality.
THE MUSEUM NEEDS YOUR HELP TO BRING THIS PLANE HOME!
Following the C-82 Packet and C-119 Flying Boxcar, Fairchild Aircraft built 303 C-123 Providers from 1954 to1958. More than 10,000 Fairchild employees worked on this plane and other Fairchild products during the 1950’s.Used during the height of the Cold War in the 1950s and 1960s as an Air Force cargo and troop carrier aircraft, the C-123 went on to become one of the workhorses of the Vietnam War. Dependable and sturdy, the C-123 transported troops and supplies into and out of some of the most difficult and dangerous airfields. This C-123 will become a memorial not only to those who designed and built the aircraft but also to those who flew and maintained C-123’s while serving our country. Vietnam veterans will be honored by a permanent exhibit inside the aircraft.
With your help, the C-123 will come home to be on permanent display alongside the museum’s C-82 and C-119. This aircraft’s homecoming will mark both the fulfillment of a dream for the museum, as well as the monumental achievement of having all three aircraft together in Hagerstown, where they were built. Fairchild, with the C-82, C-119 and C-123, pioneered military cargo airplane design throughout the 1940’s and 1950’s. Many of Fairchild’s unique design features are still used in cargo aircraft produced today!
Since the homecoming of the C-82 and C-119, thousands of visitors of all ages and from around the world have toured the aircraft. The C-123 will join the museum’s C-82 and C-119 with educational museum exhibit space inside its large fuselage. During the many museum events throughout the coming years it will be open for public tours during which visitors are encouraged to climb into the cockpit and sit in the pilot’s seat. This unique experience could well inspire visitors to explore their interest in aviation, aerospace, engineering, transportation and history.
YOUR DONATION HELPS PRESERVE HAGERSTOWN’S HISTORIC WINGS!
The Hagerstown Aviation Museum now owns nineteen aircraft, thirteen of which were built in Hagerstown, making this the largest museum-owned collection of historic aircraft in the State of Maryland. The aircraft have been acquired either from individual donors or through funds donated by museum members and supporters. The museum’s ongoing mission to preserve Hagerstown’s unique ninety year aviation heritage has only been made possible through the outpouring of support from people like you.
Thousands of people worked on the C-123 project in Hagerstown. Honor their memory by helping to bring home one of the last flying C-123’s in the world!
We thank the community of supporters who came together to raise the funds necessary to bring home the C-82 in 2006 and C-119 in 2008. With your help we can do it again! Imagine the excitement of homecoming day when Hagerstown’s very own C-123 lands on the Hagerstown Regional Airport runway to join the C-82, C-119, PT-19’s and other museum aircraft built by the people of Fairchild Aircraft!
The museum’s goal is to raise $70,000 to cover the costs to return this C-123 home to Hagerstown. You are invited to join in the preservation of Hagerstown’s aviation heritage by making a donation today. You will be recognized with your name being printed in a future New Pegasus magazine and on a special donor plaque mounted inside the C-123. In addition, your donation can be in memory/honor of a person/s you would like to recognize. You will also receive a Certificate of Appreciation and an invitation to a C-123 Donors Reception. For a donation of $100 or more, you will receive a special C-123 DVD!
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Hagerstown Aviation Museum to be featured on Maryland Public Televisionís newest show Chesapeake Collectibles
(Hagerstown, MD) The Hagerstown Aviation Museum will be featured on Maryland Public Televisionís newest show, Chesapeake Collectibles. The museum segment will air on MPT February 12th @ 6:30pm and February 17th @ 8pm. John Davis, host of MPTís Motorweek, Ken Day, producer of Chesapeake Collectibles, and production crew visited Hagerstown last September during the annual fly-in.
"Knowing that the museum has a unique collection of aircraft built in Hagerstown, Maryland, Ken Day called us," said John Seburn, museum president, "The museum is very grateful to be showcased on Maryland Public Televisionís Chesapeake Collectibles. We discovered that John Davis went to school to be an aeronautical engineer so he thoroughly enjoyed learning more about Fairchild Aircraft during his tour of the flying boxcars," Seburn stated.
Chesapeake Collectibles explores the Chesapeake Bayís distinctive history through the regions treasures, people and their stories. Each episode of the series takes you on an entertaining walk through the Maryland past. Hear the stories behind favorite family heirlooms while expert appraisers make the distinction between what is "collectible" and what is not.
"Since Chesapeake Collectibles began airing in January, the show has been well received and has generated much interest and many suggestions for other unique Maryland collections to be featured," said Ken Day. "We are very pleased to present the Hagerstown Aviation Museum story in the upcoming episode and hope the public will learn more about the museum," Day said.
Join host Rhea Feikin each week and discover the flavor and uniqueness of our area through its antiques and collectibles!
Chesapeake Collectibles airs Saturdays at 6:30 PM on MPT-HD. Repeats Sundays at 6 PM on MPT2 and Thursdays at 8 PM on MPT-HD. Episodes can also be viewed online at www.chesapeakecollectibles.com The Hagerstown Aviation Museum segment is on episode #106
For more information on the show visit: www.chesapeakecollectibles.com
Hagerstown Aviation Heritage Flight, June 14, 2009. Photo by Bob Poindexter
Images from Wings & Wheels June 13 & 14, 2009
Museum News Hagerstown, MD April 3, 2009
1943 Fairchild PT-19 donated to the Hagerstown Aviation Museum by Bob Haas of Ft Myers, Florida lands in Hagerstown. TR Proven flew the PT-19 from Florida to Hagerstown.
COMMEMORATIVE C-119 DVD NOW AVAILABLE!
Hagerstown Aviation Museumís C-119 Flying Boxcar Homecoming DVD
This commemorative DVD highlights the C-119ís donation by Bob Stanford in 2006, the extensive inspection and repair required to make the Flying Boxcar ready for its flight, ride along with the crew and the emotional Hagerstown Homecoming on November 16th, 2008. See the excitement of the long journey home with over 100 minutes of video footage and still images provided by over 20 volunteer videographers and photographers. This historic flight was only possible by the generous contributions of over 450 individuals throughout the Hagerstown community and beyond.
"Hagerstown During World War II - Images of the Maryland Homefront",the museumís new book is now available. With over 370 pages and over 650 images this book will take you on a nostalgic journey to meet the people, tour the workplaces and experience life in Hagerstown During World War II. This book showcases major industries, aircraft manufacturing, civil defense, fund drives, education, transportation and so much more. Price is $34.95. GREAT GIFT IDEA! Click here to see the book flyer and more photos
C-119 Flying Boxcar Lands In Hagerstown!! After a five day journey from Greybull, Wyoming to Hagerstown, Maryland the crew lands the C-119 for the last time on Sunday November 16, 2008. More to come....Thank you to all who made this great day happen!!
C-119 lands at Hagerstown Sunday, November 16, 2008. Photo by Rich Silva. Click on image for more photos of the C-119 Homecoming.