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Aviation museum raising money to purchase C-123

December 20, 2012

The Hagerstown Aviation Museum has made a purchase offer on one of the last flying C-123s in the world. The plane was made in Hagerstown in 1956, and the museum is raising money to bring it home.

The plane would complete the collection of all the different types of cargo planes made in Hagerstown by Fairchild Aircraft Co.

The C-123 cargo aircraft was manufactured in Hagerstown from 1954-1958, and was used in Vietnam, and in training air crews.

The aviation museum is making a public appeal to help bring the plane home. Tens of thousands of employees used to work at the Fairchild company in Hagerstown. There are thousands of people still in the area, who once worked on this aircraft, and other Fairchild projects, including the A-10, C-119, C-82 and PT-19.

To help with returning the C-123 home, send donations to: Hagerstown Aviation Museum/C-123, 14235 Oak Springs Road, Hagerstown MD 21742.

To make an online donation by credit card or PayPal, go to www.HagerstownAviationMuseum.org.

The aviation museum has the largest collection of museum-owned rare and historic aircraft in the State of Maryland.

The goal is to complete fundraising as soon as possible. The museum’s goal is to raise $70,000 to cover the costs to return this C-123 home to Hagerstown by April 2013. The plane is currently in Florida.

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