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Fairchild 'Flying Boxcar' flying home to Hagerstown

November 14, 2008

A 55-year-old military cargo plane is winging its way home to Hagerstown from Wyoming, according to a press release.

The Hagerstown Aviation Museum said the Fairchild C-119 Flying Boxcar left Greybull, Wyo., Wednesday morning and is expected to arrive Sunday afternoon at Hagerstown Regional Airport.

Kurtis Meyers, president of the Hagerstown Aviation Museum, said the aircraft is expected to arrive in Hagerstown Sunday between noon and 2 p.m.

The C-119 homecoming event will be at Hagerstown Aircraft Services.

The restored aircraft was built in Hagerstown for the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1953 and used in the 1989 Steven Spielberg movie "Always." It was donated to the museum.

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Museum officials say the plane is stopping in Grand Isle, Neb.; Ottumwa, Iowa; and Warrenton, Va., before arriving in Hagerstown.

For information on the plane's return, call the Hagerstown Aviation Museum hot line at 301-733-8717 or go to www.HagerstownAviationMuseum.org.

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