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Fairchild reunion postponed

September 17, 2004

Concerns that the remnants of Hurricane Ivan could cause heavy rains and gusting winds in the Tri-State area have prompted organizers of a Fairchild reunion planned for Saturday to postpone the event.

Details of a rescheduled date have not been finalized.

The event was to have been held at the Hagerstown Regional Airport Saturday afternoon to celebrate the history of Fairchild in Hagers-town.

In 1925, Ammon Kreider, a shoe manufacturer, and Lew Reisner founded the Kreider-Reisner Aircraft Company of Hagerstown, and in 1929 it became the Fairchild Aviation Corporation.

The company produced thousands of aircraft popular in commercial, military and general aviation including the PT-19, C-119 Flying Boxcar, C-123, A-10 and others. Twenty years ago, the last A-10 rolled out of Fairchild in Hagerstown, and was delivered to the U.S. Air Force.

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As many as 55,000 people worked at Fairchild over the course of its existence, according to a press release issued by the planning committee.

In connection with the event, a 90-minute film "Hagerstown: Remembering Our Aviation Heritage," produced by Vintage Video, was to have premiered. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the video will be donated toward the creation of a transportation history room at the Washington County Free Library, according to Vintage Video President John Seburn.

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