Up in the air over history

June 17, 2010|By TIFFANY ARNOLD
  • Pam and Steve Springer teach a class in the Lindy Hop in Waynesboro, Pa. The Springers will perform at the Hangar Hop dance celebrating Hagerstown's aviation history.
By Ric Dugan/Staff Photographer,

Aircraft won't be the only thing flying this weekend during a trio of events billed as Aviation Heritage Days.

The Hub City Lindy Hop dancers will be doing "aerials" at a Hagerstown Aviation Museum fundraiser Saturday night. The group will perform at a 1950s-themed "Hangar Hop" dance as part of the weekend's activities.

The three events will be held over two days, Saturday, June 19, and Sunday, June 20, at Hagerstown Aircraft Services at Hagers-town Regional Airport.

Saturday afternoon starts with a Wings & Wheels Car show, with vintage cars, trucks and aircraft from the museum's collection. The vintage theme continues into the night at the hangar dance soundtracked by The Shades, who will be playing music from the '50s.

Pam and Steve Springer, the husband-and-wife team behind Hub City Lindy Hop, will lead dancers through a Savoy-style Lindy Hop routine complete with aerials, where the female partners end up airborne.


"We try to keep the moves authentic," said Steve Springer during a recent Monday-night rehearsal.

Dancers at the rehearsal said they plan to wear clothing like that worn to a 1950s dance, said couple Susan and Claude Cauffman, who have spent the past three years Lindy Hopping in costume at veterans events in Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania.

Sunday's event -- officially referred to as Aviation Heritage Day -- is intended to recognize Hagerstown's aviation history. Owners of Fairchild aircraft have been invited to participate in a symbolic fly-over to close out the event.

A portion of the weekend's proceeds will help raise money for the Hagerstown Aviation Museum. The museum lacks a permanent home despite its collection of vintage, Hagerstown-built aircraft, said John Seburn, the museum's director.

He said the Hagerstown Aviation Museum has an exhibit at Discovery Station in downtown Hagerstown. The museum's 13 vintage aircraft are housed in hangars at the Hagerstown Regional Airport, Seburn said.

If you go ...

WHAT: Aviation Heritage Days, hosted by the Hagers-town Aviation Museum

WHEN: Saturday, June 19, and Sunday, June 20

WHERE: Hagerstown Aircraft Services, 14235 Oak Springs Road, north of Hagerstown

COST: Costs vary. See schedule highlights at right.

MORE: For more information, call the Hagerstown Aviation Museum, 301-733-8717, or go to

Schedule highlights

Saturday, June 19

Wings & Wheels Car Show -- 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

All types of cars and trucks are welcome. The first 100 registered vehicles will receive commemorative dash plaques. Competing vehicles $10 advance registration, $15 at the gate. Also, fly-bys of museum aircraft featuring Fairchild PT-19s and other vintage planes.

Hangar Hop -- 8 to 11 p.m.

Dance with music by The Shades and performances by Hub City Lindy Hop. Vintage cars on display, prize drawings and refreshments. Tickets $10 advance, $15 at the door. Order tickets online at

or call 301-733-8717.

Sunday, June 20

Aviation Heritage Day -- 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

o Giant-scale model RC aircraft on display, courtesy of the Pegasus RC Club.

o Displays, exhibits and aircraft to view, including the museum's Fairchild C-81 and C-119 Flying Boxcar and a 1928 Kreider Reisner KR-31.

o 2 p.m. -- Museum board member and former NASA Associate Administrator Sam Venneri will give a lecture, "Aeronautic Advancements: Past, Present and Future."

o "Hagerstown Aviation Heritage Flight," aerial demonstration concludes the day.

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