The sky will be filled with clearly identifiable flying objects Saturday, July 16, and Sunday, July 17, as the seventh annual Hagerstown Aircraft Services Fly-in and Fairchild Family Reunion attracts pilots, aircraft, former aviation employees and aviation buffs.
On both days, free 20-minute plane rides for children ages 8 to 17 in four-passenger Cessna or Piper aircraft will be conducted by pilots with Chapter 36 of the Experimental Aircraft Association. Passengers will receive a certificate identifying them as participants in the EAA's Young Eagle program.
On Saturday, there will be bus tours of sites related to aviation.
"There is a great deal of aviation history in Hagerstown," said Tracey Potter, owner of Hagerstown Aircraft Services and one of the founders of the Hagerstown Aviation Museum.
"There were several subassembly plants throughout the town," Potter said. "The original Kreider-Reisner factory was located right down the street from the airport on Pennsylvania Avenue, and the original building still stands."