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Donations nearly double Hagerstown Aviation Museum collection

May 19, 2008|By HEATHER KEELS

HAGERSTOWN - The Hagerstown Aviation Museum on Sunday announced the recent donations of two aviation history collections that will approximately double the museum's collection, museum President Kurtis Meyers said.

Local aviation historian and author Kent Mitchell donated an extensive archive that includes several thousand photographs, thousands of pieces of correspondence, ephemera and artifacts related to Fairchild Aircraft, Kreider-Reisner Aircraft, Henson Aviation and the Hagerstown Airport from 1929 to the present, Meyers said.

In addition, the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum donated about 5,000 promotional photographs from Fairchild Aircraft and an extensive collection of early corporate publications, he said.

Other recent donations include a sculptured bust of Fairchild Aircraft founder Sherman Fairchild, a 1926 Ryan M-1 monoplane and six large antique aircraft engines, Meyers said.

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Some of the new photographs will be on display at the museum's location in Discovery Station at Hagerstown Inc., Meyers said.

Museum officials have been working with the Hagerstown Regional Airport and Washington County officials to find a site for a building to house the museum's aircraft and the entire artifact collection, he said.

In the meantime, the museum is renting a T-hangar office at the airport, where officials hope to be able to make the aircraft collection accessible to the public on a scheduled basis beginning within the next month, he said.

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