HAGERSTOWN -- The Hagerstown Aviation Museum has launched an emergency fundraising campaign to cover unexpected repairs to a historic, Hagerstown-made airplane it hopes to fly into town next month, according to museum president Kurtis Meyers.
An inspection revealed the 1953 Fairchild C-119 Flying Boxcar donated to the museum in 2006 needs about $35,000 worth of additional repairs before it can be flown from Wyoming to its new home at the museum, and time is running out, Meyers said.
If the museum were to wait until spring to complete the repairs, it would have to pay for a new inspection, wasting about $25,000 that has been spent for that purpose, Meyers said. To avoid the added expense, museum officials must raise $35,000 by Oct. 4, he said.
The plane was donated to the museum by Robert Stanford, President of Zenith Aviation in Fredericksburg, Va., in December 2006, and museum supporters have donated more than $40,000 since then to cover repairs and inspections needed to fly the plane to Hagerstown from Greybull, Wyo., Meyers said.