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March 12, 2007
The Hagerstown Aviation Museum is hosting a reception March 18 for museum members and donors who helped secure the return of the Fairchild C-82 Flying Boxcar to Hagerstown. Other aviation enthusiasts are invited to attend. Tours of the C-82 will be available, weather permitting, and other museum aircraft will be on display in the hangar. The reception will be from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Hagerstown Aircraft Services facility near the airport off U.S. 11 North. Light refreshments will be served.
NEWS
By HEATHER KEELS | December 16, 2009
The Washington County Commissioners on Tuesday approved a contract award for aviation engineering services for Hagerstown Regional Airport to Airport Design Consultants Inc. of Columbia, Md., contingent upon FAA approval. The services to be performed include aviation planning services, architectural/engineering services, airport development projects and incidental services. Upcoming projects likely to fall under the contract include a study for a new air traffic control tower, an airport master plan and layout plan update, a terminal parking lot expansion and other projects, airport officials said.
NEWS
by RICHARD F. BELISLE | November 2, 2004
waynesboro@herald-mail.com GREENCASTLE, PA. - The first name that comes to mind when one thinks of airplanes in Hagerstown is Fairchild, maker of the famous C-119 Flying Boxcar in the 1950s and the A-10 Warthog in the 1970s and 1980s. But aircraft production in Hagerstown goes back further, to 1916, when Giuseppe Bellanca, an Italian immigrant and aviation pioneer, built a 35-horsepower airplane for the Maryland Pressed Steel Co. on Pope Avenue where he worked. Bellanca flew his plane, called the Bellanca C.D., on its maiden flight off Doub's Meadow, now the site of South Hagerstown High School.
NEWS
by Chris Copley | December 15, 2003
chrisc@herald-mail.com The Tri-State area has deep roots in aviation history. Within 15 years of the public debut of the Wright brothers' flying machine, Martinsburg, W.Va., and Hagerstown played roles in the early aviation industry. Hiding the Wright stuff After the first successful flights of Orville and Wilbur Wright on Dec. 17, 1903, the brothers returned to their Ohio home and essentially kept a lid on their accomplishment. For the next several years, they developed and improved their flying machine quietly, out of the public eye, in a farmer's field near Dayton.
NEWS
November 14, 1998
The Washington County Chapter of the American Red Cross will hold its regularly scheduled disaster meeting on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Chapter House, 113 S. Prospect St. Dr. Michael Cerveris, a forensic odontologist, will address the group concerning his experience in the aftermath of an aviation disaster. Cerveris is a member of the Pennsylvania Dental Association Dental ID Team, as well as a Red Cross volunteer in Franklin County, Pa. For information concerning the role of the Red Cross in aviation and other disasters or how you can volunteer, call Cindy Blackstock Kline at 301-739-0717.
NEWS
by Alicia Notarianni | July 18, 2004
alician@herald-mail.com Dozens of aviation hobbyists flew into Hagerstown Regional Airport Saturday morning for a $100 hamburger. Ken Jones of Waynesboro, Pa., a member of Chapter 36 of the Experimental Aircraft Association, said the "$100 hamburger" is a running joke among experimental airplane pilots and builders who build airplanes and don't have anywhere in particular to fly them. Hobbyists end up traveling by airplane to fly-in fund-raising events throughout the region and spending a couple of dollars on breakfast or lunch, and far more on fuel and maintenance of airplanes.
NEWS
October 18, 2004
The Fairchild Reunion, previously set for September, but postponed because of Hurricane Ivan's damaging winds and rain, has been rescheduled for Saturday, Nov. 6. The "Fairchild Re-Reunion," as it's now become known by organizers, will be held with most of the activities taking place at Faith Chapel in downtown Hagerstown. Memorabilia, displays, greetings from dignitaries and also a short talk by active A-10 pilots, will be included. Additionally, the rescheduling of the premiere of the new Hagerstown aviation documentary film has generated a lot of excitement throughout the region.
NEWS
by LISA PREJEAN | January 6, 2006
Like most boys his age, my 10-year-old son can't seem to resist books about airplanes. Whether a book is based on historical fact, how to make paper airplanes or a fictional story about a pilot, his eyes tend to be drawn to the text. His airplane creations can be found throughout our house - some of them resting in nosedive positions behind the furniture. I think they multiply at night. How else could he make so many in all those colors and styles? In light of his fascination with planes, what better way to spend a day of his Christmas break than at an airplane museum?
NEWS
December 8, 2009
1927-DEC. 7, 2009 BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - Hale E. Andrews, 82, of Berkeley Springs, W.Va., passed from this world on Dec. 7, 2009. He was at home surrounded by his beloved family. Born to Earle T. and Rosalie Exline Andrews in 1927, he graduated valedictorian from Mercersburg Academy and summa cum laude from Princeton University as a civil engineer. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II (1945-46). Andrews retired from Pennsylvania Glass Sand Corp. in 1985 after a 35-year career, serving for the last 17 years as president and CEO. A former president of the National Industrial Sand Association and member of the Board of Regents of Mercersburg Academy, Hale served in various local and state organizations, the West Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges, Boy Scouts of America, Morgan County Commission on Aging, Civil Air Patrol and other aviation organizations.
NEWS
July 15, 2009
MARCH 23, 1932-JULY 10, 2009 SUMMERVILLE, S.C. - James Albert "Jim" Clinton, 77, formerly of Hagerstown, passed away July 10, 2009, in Charleston, S.C. Mr. Clinton was born to the late James Albert Clinton Sr. and Dorothy Lydia Clinton in Peterborough, N.H., on March 23, 1932. Jim graduated from North Hagerstown High School in 1951 and attended Gettysburg College. Jim was a retired pilot, U.S. Army veteran and longtime member of the Quiet Birdmen and American Legion Post 42. His 35-year professional aviation career began with Fairchild Aircraft and also included Grove Manufacturing, the Atomic Energy Commission and the Saudi Arabian royal family.
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By ALICIA NOTARIANNI | alnotarianni@aol.com | July 13, 2013
Pilots were not the only ones propelling objects through the air Saturday morning at Hagerstown Regional Airport. Players bent the metaphorical throttle on dodgeballs, sending them hurling across the field to wallop opposing team members. “It's fun to hit people,” player Ian Donnakay said. “Anybody will let you know it's fun to hit somebody as hard and you can. And the balls are soft enough to where none of us are getting really hurt.” It was people such as Donnakay, 30, of Greencastle, Pa., who Allegiant Airlines counted on when it unveiled its Dodge High Fares national advertising campaign.
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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....
LIFESTYLE
By EVAN TORRES | Special to The Herald-Mail | February 22, 2013
While most 18-year-olds only experience flying through video games, Michael DiMercurio of Hagerstown experiences it first hand. DiMercurio said he loves to fly his Piper Archer. He took his first flight lesson at age 9. At age 16, he piloted his first solo flight. The St. Maria Goretti senior met the Pulse teen journalism group at his hangar at Hagerstown Regional Airport to talk about why he loves flying. Pulse: What made you want to start flying? DiMercurio: Ever since I was little I had this innate love for airplanes.
NEWS
By JANET HEIM | janeth@herald-mail.com | February 14, 2013
It's been 22 years since brothers Jimmy and Bobby Harsh joined the Maryland State Police, both earning awards and recognitions along the way. They celebrated their retirements with a joint party at the Potomac Fish and Game Club on Nov. 17. “I probably have one of the best jobs in the world,” Jimmy Harsh, 48, said. “Without a doubt. It was an honor - to actually make a difference in people's lives,” said Bobby Harsh, 45. The brothers, along with their older brother, Dwayne Harsh, grew up with a father who volunteered with the Williamsport Ambulance Service in addition to farming a 300-acre farm.
LIFESTYLE
January 23, 2013
After 16 months of aviation maintenance training, the second group of students to attend PIA's Hagerstown branch campus graduated Dec. 22. The ceremony took place in the terminal at Hagerstown Regional Airport. Eight students graduated with a diploma in aviation maintenance technology. The students are now equipped with the FAA Airframe and Power Plant Certificate, which qualifies them to work in the aviation maintenance industry. The placement rate for PIA graduates remains strong with more than 91 percent of students being placed within 37 days of graduation from PIA's main campus in Pittsburgh and the Youngstown, Ohio, branch campus.
NEWS
By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | January 6, 2013
The Hagerstown Aviation Museum is asking donors to contribute $70,000 to help purchase a C-123 that was built at the former Fairchild plant in Hagerstown more than 50 years ago. Museum President John Seburn said that if the money is raised, the 1956 C-123K Provider would join a 1948 C-82A Packet and a 1954 C-119G Flying Boxcar in the museum's collection. He said the acquisition would complete the military cargo plane line that was manufactured at the former Fairchild plant. “We've been looking for a C-123 since the museum effort started” in 1995, said Seburn, adding that the museum launched the fundraising effort among its members late last year.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
By ANDREW SCHOTZ | andrews@herald-mail.com | December 11, 2012
Washington County is hiring a Virginia company to prepare a marketing plan for Hagerstown Regional Airport, which the county owns. Airport Director Phil Ridenour said the Washington County Board of Commissioners started talking a year and a half ago about creating a plan. The plan will cover how to strengthen existing aviation-related businesses at the airport and how to attract new businesses, he said. It also will look at the future of local air passenger service and how to develop air cargo business.
NEWS
By ALICIA NOTARIANNI | alnotarianni@aol.com | September 22, 2012
When Joe Kuhna of Hagerstown took his grandchildren to the Wings and Wheels Expo at Hagerstown Regional Airport Saturday, he thought they would see some cool planes. He had no idea he would find himself standing on the ground waving as they headed thousands of feet into the sky in a Piper Archer. His granddaughter, Madeline Semler, 8, of Hagerstown, had flown commercial to Disney World and ridden in a helicopter before. But 20 minutes in a light aircraft with her brother Matthew, 5, still was a thrill, she said.
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