Wings, wheels, families

June 12, 2009|By ABIGAIL YEAGER/Special to The Herald-Mail

On Saturday, June 13, and Sunday, June 14, there is an opportunity for families to spend time together learning about Hagerstown's aviation history.

This event, called Wings & Wheels, features a car and truck show Saturday, as well as demonstrations of historic aircraft from the Hagerstown Aviation Museum Saturday and Sunday.

Event organizer Tracey Potter said the main event is an engine demonstration of C-119 Flying Boxcar, made by Fairchild Aircraft in Hagerstown. Potter said starting the engines will involve making "a lot of noise and a lot of smoke," something children will likely enjoy.

This event is for the whole family. There will be more than 120 classic cars, airplane flybys, displays of vintage single-engine planes and walk-throughs of two versions of the Flying Boxcar.


It's also an opportunity for quality family time, according to Kurt Meyers, president of the Hagerstown Aviation Museum.

John Tamico has brought his kids to airplane shows for years. Tamico, a pilot, flew his plane to airshows in the past. He also brought his children to the shows. Now that his children are grown, he said, he brings his two grandchildren along to the show.

Tamico said his grandchildren, aged 7 and 11, love seeing how the old engines worked. The show "allows (the kids) to learn a little about history and look at things differently," he said.

Meyers said the car and plane show also offers a chance to combine family heritage and Hagerstown history.

Fairchild Aircraft built airplanes in Hagerstown for almost 60 years, Meyers said, and at one time had more than 10,000 employees.

"This is an opportunity for grandparents to bring their children and grandchildren out and show them the airplanes from the company they worked for, what their lives consisted of, and a big part of the growth of Hagerstown," he said.

With today's security concerns, Tamico said that children don't get to experience airplanes the way he did.

"You can't go ask the guys in the hangar a question," Tamico explained.

He said the show is a way for children to see and experience airplanes up close - in a way they normally can't.

In addition to quality family time, visitors can help out local organizations at the same time. The Maugansville Goodwill Fire Company will serve food. Money raised from car and truck registration fees will benefit the Aviation Museum.

Potter said the museum would like to put all of the aircraft already owned by the museum under one roof, instead of being scattered in various hangars. The funds raised from Wings & Wheels will go toward building a visitors center.

- Additional reporting by Brandon Bieltz

If you go ...

WHAT: Wings & Wheels

WHEN: Car and airplane show 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 12; plane show and aviation history programming 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 14

WHERE: 14235 Oak Springs Rd, Hagerstown

COST: The event is free and open to the public; vehicle registration costs $20.

CONTACT: Go to or call 301-733-8717.

MORE: The first 100 vehicles to be registered will receive commemorative dash plaques.

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