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Historic Fairchild plane set to return to Hagerstown Sunday

October 14, 2006

The last flyable Fairchild C-82 "Flying Boxcar" took off Thursday from Greybull, Wyo., bound for Washington County, where it was manufactured more than 60 years ago.

It is expected to arrive at Hagerstown Regional Airport Sunday between 1 and 2 p.m.

A ceremony is scheduled for 2 p.m. at Hagerstown Aircraft Services, as the Hagerstown Aviation Museum officially accepts the C-82 into its inventory.

The airplane, saved from being cut up as scrap, was purchased by the Hagerstown Aviation Museum at an auction in Wyoming on Aug. 23. It has since been undergoing preparation for flight.

"Everyone is invited to come out to the airport to witness this the last flight of this historic Hagerstown-built airplane," said Kurtis Meyers, president of the aviation museum.

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The Washington County-based Fairchild Corporation built the C-82, the first successful military transport specifically designed to accommodate the post-World War II concept of an all-air Army.

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