HAGERSTOWN - As hundreds filtered through Faith Chapel in downtown Hagerstown Saturday to reminisce over yellowed photographs of A-10s and Fairchild Aircraft Manufacturing Corp. memorabilia, one of the workers' reunion's many impromptu exhibits, former riveter Mary Trumpower contentedly watched from her wheelchair.
Trumpower, 91, who was next to a Rosie the Riveter exhibit, worked for Fairchild between 1942 and 1953. Although Trumpower admitted she wasn't the best riveter (laughing, she said she barely knew how to piece the parts together), she said Fairchild, where she met her husband and former lead man, Harold Trumpower, brings back some of her fondest memories.
That same nostalgia brewed for some other former Fairchild workers Saturday. Following an A-10 flight demonstration at Hagerstown Regional Airport, workers and interested community members lined up for popcorn at the church and former theater to see screenings of local filmmaker John P. Seburn's documentary, "Hagerstown - Remembering Our Aviation Heritage," which follows the community's relationship with Fairchild, a company founded in 1926.