Open Airplane Afternoon planned Sunday at airport

August 13, 2013

The Hagerstown Aviation Museum will hold an Open Airplane Afternoon Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. 

The event will celebrate National Aviation Day.

Attendees can climb aboard and sit in the cockpit of the Fairchild C-82 and C-119 Flying Boxcar and see other museum aircraft, such as the 1943 Fairchild PT-19 World War II Trainer and the 1928 Kreider Reisner KR-31 biplane, all built in Hagerstown.

The museum owns 19 historic aircraft, of which 14 were built here.

There will be an opportunity to step back in time and experience a memorable flight in the museum’s 1943 Fairchild PT-19 Primary Trainer.

Thousands of allied pilots earned their wings during WWII in the historic aircraft built by Fairchild Aircraft 70 years ago.

By making a $100 donation, attendees can experience the thrill of  open cockpit flying, organizers say.

Rides will be available, weather permitting, from 2 to 5 p.m. The event will be held rain or shine.
Admission is free, but donations are accepted.


Museum merchandise, books, DVDs and hats will be for sale. A free museum magazine and museum aircraft collection 14-by-28-inch color poster will be given to attendees.

The museum is raising funds to bring home its 1956 Fairchild C-123 Provider. To learn more, call 301-733-8717 or go to

Upcoming Open Airplane Afternoon dates:

Sunday, Sept. 22, Wings & Wheels; and Sunday, Oct. 20.

Directions: From U.S. 11 at the airport, turn onto Basore Drive at Tony’s Pizza and follow the signs.

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