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Aviation museum to soar

Grand opening set for Thursday, July 14 at Discovery Station

Grand opening set for Thursday, July 14 at Discovery Station

July 08, 2005

According to organizers of the Hagerstown Aviation Museum, a grand opening ceremony and ribbon cutting is scheduled for Thursday, July 14, at 10 a.m.

The new Hagerstown Aviation Museum celebrates and honors the achievements in aviation in Washington County. Additionally, Maryland Public Television is premiering a documentary about Hagerstown's contributions to aviation.

"The museum's collection came from dedicated people throughout the community, who have a strong desire to display memorabilia from Hagerstown's aviation past," said Hagerstown Aviation Museum president Kurtis Meyers. "Our county was home to significant manufacturers including Bellanca, Kreider-Reisner and Fairchild. Hagerstown was known for making world famous airplanes, and this new museum is a collection that will help sustain interest in the part that Hagers-town played in this industry."

The new museum is housed in the Discovery Station building at 101 W. Washington St.

Museum organizers said the Discovery Station has been terrific to provide space for the aviation exhibits.

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"We are housed in the Discovery Station Transportation Gallery, which truly offers a fun-filled adventure in learning," Meyers said. "We want to welcome people to stroll through the Hagerstown Aviation Museum and experience the pioneering achievements that for more than 70 years made Hagerstown one of the leading centers of aircraft manufacturing."

The July 14 official grand opening coincides with an upswing in interest of Hagerstown's aviation history. Maryland Public Television has announced the broadcast premier of the film: "Hagerstown: Remembering Our Aviation History." The film will be shown on Maryland Public Television on July 12, at 10 p.m. and again on July 15, at 11 p.m. The documentary was produced by Vintage Video Productions, and the MPT special broadcasts are sponsored by the Richard A Henson Foundation, Inc. and the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

"The unique and untold story of Hagerstown's aviation past unfolds in this new documentary film by Vintage Video Productions. With many never before released images and an extensive collection of rare local film footage, this documentary is sure to pique the interest of Fairchild and Hagerstown aviation enthusiasts everywhere," according to a news release from Maryland Public Television.

"We are very pleased to partner with the Henson Foundation to help bring this positive story to the television screen," said Tom Riford, president of the Hagerstown-Washington County CVB. "To have this documentary shown on prime time TV is a wonderful testament to the hard work of the movie's production team who are also behind the new Hagerstown Aviation Museum." Riford also said that thousands of people will learn about Hagerstown's aviation history, right before the weekend of the big annual Fly-In and Fairchild Reunion set for July 15-17. "It's an exciting event, the ribbon cutting, the movie's TV premiere, and the fly-in all happening in the same week," he said. Riford said that thousands of people are expected for the annual aviation event to be held at the Hagerstown Regional Airport, at Hagerstown Aircraft Services. Historic aircraft displays, a 1940s dance, discovery flights, experimental aircraft, and bus tours are included in the weekend event.

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