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By CHRIS COPLEY | August 7, 2008
When I got the announcement from the Mid-Atlantic Soaring Association about their Land, Speed and Air show this Sunday, I was intrigued. M-ASA's annual open house is an opportunity for the public to see the flying club's airstrip and see classic and antique cars and airplanes. And the club will have its gliders out, and, if conditions were OK, pilots will give rides to visitors. I'd never seen a glider up close. I called Bob Jackson, the president of the Mid-Atlantic Soaring Association, to see if The Herald-Mail could send a reporter for a ride in a glider.
NEWS
September 26, 2003
The Parachutists Over Phorty Society (POPS) hosted the POPS Nationals competition Thursday in Chambersburg, Pa. Harold White of Columbia, Md., dives out of an airplane at an altitude of 15,000 feet.
NEWS
April 18, 2008
Editor's note: On Fridays, Herald-Mail reporters and editors will answer some of the questions that are called in by readers to Mail Call. Consider this us returning your call. Why is that white airplane making so many trips here? Question: "I'm sitting here in my back yard, watching this white airplane fly around. He's made about 30 trips and he's still going, and I've heard that he's looking for oil in the West End. Is that possibly true?" - Hagerstown Answer: We have been told by Hagerstown Regional Airport Manager Carolyn Motz that the plane is being used to conduct an aerial environmental survey.
NEWS
November 30, 1999
Douglas Jaffe handed a check for $5,895,000 to Sino Swearingen Board Chairman and CEO Ching-Chaing Kuo Monday morning and received in return an oversized gold key as a memento for purchasing the airplane company's first SJ30-2 corporate jet. Read the full story in Tuesday's Herald-Mail newspapers.
NEWS
August 24, 2007
Ward Wilkins flew a silver-and-black Fairchild PT-19 to Hagerstown last Saturday. His journey started in Indiana the day before, but the journey for the airplane started 64 years ago in Hagerstown. The 1943 airplane returned to the place where it was built, and Wilkins donated it to the Hagerstown Aviation Museum. The airplane is one of an ever-decreasing number of flying PT-19s still in existence. The PT-19 was manufactured in Hagerstown by the Fairchild Co. starting in 1939.
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By MARLO BARNHART | October 15, 2007
Editor's note: Each Sunday, The Herald-Mail publishes "A Life Remembered. " This continuing series takes a look back - through the eyes of family, friends, co-workers and others - at a member of the community who died recently. Today's "A Life Remembered" is about Newton J. Funkhouser, who died Oct. 1 at the age of 81. His obituary was published in the Oct. 6 edition of The Herald-Mail. A strong sense of history prompted Newton J. Funkhouser to tape interviews with family members throughout his lifetime.
NEWS
April 2, 1997
By BRENDAN KIRBY Staff Writer A firefighter was injured and damage was estimated at $450,000 in a Tuesday morning fire at an airplane paint shop near Washington County Regional Airport. Volunteer Firefighter Charles Moquin suffered a wrist burn fighting the blaze at Alphin Aircraft Inc., said Maugansville Goodwill Volunteer Fire Co. Capt. Chris Gelwicks. Moquin was taken to Washington County Hospital, where he was treated and released. An airplane inside the building was destroyed in the fire that broke out just before 5 a.m. in the paint shop of Alphin Aircraft, a company that rebuilds, repairs and paints airplanes for private owners.
NEWS
November 18, 1997
Flash of light may have been meteor BUNKER HILL, W.Va. - The flaming object a Virginia motorist reported seeing streaking across the skies of southern Berkeley County Monday night might have been a meteor. The call came in at 8:55 p.m., according to a dispatcher at Berkeley County Central Dispatch. The Winchester man said he was northbound on Interstate 81 when he saw the object in the sky and told them he thought it might be an airplane on fire. "We didn't find a thing.
NEWS
By HEATHER KEELS | June 13, 2009
HAGERSTOWN -- Microphone in hand, Sam Venneri was preparing to read off a list of car-show winners when he was interrupted by an engine roar and a powerful gust of wind. A few hundred feet away, the propeller had begun to spin on the front of a bright blue-and-yellow Fairchild PT-19 airplane, which then took off and flew away. Such disruptions come with the territory when you host a combination car, truck and airplane show such as the one Saturday near Hagerstown Regional Airport by the Hagerstown Aviation Museum.
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By ALICIA NOTARIANNI | June 20, 2009
HAGERSTOWN -- Six jets flared from a clearing high into the sky above a cornfield. They whined full throttle into the sky, gaining as much altitude as possible for 30 seconds. Then, they cut their engines. Thousands of feet below stood remote control airplane enthusiasts maneuvering the aircraft across the sky, vying to see whose model would remain in the air the longest. One by one, they descended. After about two minutes floating, the last plane touched down. The pilots of the aircraft -- which are referred to as RC models -- were testing their aeronautical mettle in a contest called "all-up-last-down" Saturday at the Pegasus Radio Control Airplane Club's Fun Fly on Old Forge Road outside of Hagerstown.
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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.
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By ALICIA NOTARIANNI | alnotarianni@aol.com | June 15, 2013
Joe Hartt spent 13 years of his life flying missionaries and supplies in and out of the jungles of Zaire as a bush pilot. On Saturday, Hartt, 58, of State Line, Pa., stayed in touch with his interest in aircraft on the decidedly tamer landscape of a field off Old Forge Road in Hagerstown. The Pegasus Radio Control Airplane Club hosted a show there to benefit the John R. Marsh Cancer Center. Hartt said that, ironically, he first became familiar with radio control - or RC - aircraft while in Zaire, which is now the Democratic Republic of Congo.
NEWS
June 11, 2013
Hagerstown Aviation Museum will present an Open Airplane Afternoon Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. adjacent to Washington County Regional Airport. Attendees can bring the family to celebrate Father's 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....
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May 1, 2013
The Hagerstown Aviation Museum will present Open Airplane Afternoon on Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. at Washington County Regional Airport as part of the 10th annual Museum Ramble. Museum aircraft will be open to the public. Attendees will be able to board 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, 14 of which were built in Hagerstown.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 17, 2012
The Top Five Wind Down Friday The Rhythm Kings with Kim Tantillo will perform. 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 17, at The Maryland Theatre, 21 S. Potomac St., downtown Hagerstown. $5; $2, ages 12 and younger. A luminaria ceremony by the American Cancer Society will be held. Luminaria will be sold for $10 each from 6 to 9 p.m. Go to www.mdtheatre.org . 'Annie' wraps up A musical about Little Orphan Annie, a spunky girl adopted by a business tycoon. 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 17, and Saturday, Aug. 18. Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater, 44 N. Potomac St., downtown Hagerstown.
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By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com | July 15, 2012
Several hundred people streamed onto the grounds of the Hagerstown Regional Airport Sunday to see military aircraft that were once manufactured there, including cargo planes like the “Flying Boxcar,” which was designed to transport Jeeps and trucks. Six planes were on display as the Hagerstown Aviation Museum sponsored its Open Airplane Afternoon from 1 to 4 p.m. The Hagerstown Aviation Museum is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the region's aviation history, which spans more than 90 years, according to the organization.
NEWS
June 10, 2012
The Hagerstown Aviation Museum will present “Open Airplane Afternoon” Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. The open house is geared toward aviation enthusiasts. Museum aircraft will be open to the public. Participants will be able to climb aboard and sit in the cockpit of the Fairchild C-82 and C-119 Flying Boxcar. Also, they will be able to see other museum aircraft, such as the 1943 Fairchild PT-19 WWII Trainer and the 1928 Kreider Reisner KR-31 biplane. All of these planes were built in Hagerstown.
NEWS
June 8, 2011
The “Pegasus Flight for Cancer” Model Air Show will be Saturday, June 18, from 5 a.m. to midnight. It will be a flying marathon for pilots to raise money. Flight demonstrations will be given throughout the day. The event will include an inflatable bounce and face painting.   Club pilots will fly their model airplanes to raise money for the John Marsh Cancer Center’s Patient Assistance Fund. Food will be sold. Free remote control computer simulators will be available.
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