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The Hagerstown Aviation Museum

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The Hagerstown Aviation Museum

The Hagerstown Aviation Museum, Inc. is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the region's more than 90 years of extraordinary aviation history.
The Hagerstown Aviation Museum's goal of preserving local aviation history is well under way. The downtown Hagerstown display at Discovery Station contains not only exhibits that chronicle the development of Hagerstown aviation but also serves as the collection site for research materials and local aviation memorabilia. While museum members continue to develop exhibits, conduct research and collect memorabilia, they are also planning to identify and document aviation sites in and around Hagerstown.
The museum currently owns a restored 1928 Kreider-Reisner Model 31. This aircraft was donated by Dick Henson, Hagerstown aviation pioneer, and Charles Shue, former owner and restorer of the aircraft.
The museum is seeking the donation of a Fairchild PT-19 and is also asking for your donations of PT-19 parts that can be used to assemble a static display PT-19. Some parts have already been offered and several period vehicles are available to enhance a WWII era display. If you know that you can donate an aircraft, parts or funds, contact the museum. Specificl aircraft needed for the museum are the Kreider Reisner KR-21, KR-34, Fairchild F-22, F-24, F-45, PT-23, PT-26, XNQ, Porter, FH1100 Helicopter. Because of the long and varied history of the Hagerstown Airport many other aircraft types would also compliment the collection.
And now to the BIG planes! The museum currently owns the last flying Fairchild C-82 (Aquired 8/23/2006), and a 1953 Fairchild C-119G(Donated by Bob Stanford, Dec, 2006 ), A C-123, and F-27 are still needed. While a few of these planes are still flying, most are not airworthy. Donated aircraft are, of course, a major boost to the effort, but considerable cost is still involved in transporting the planes.
The museum's goal is to have one of each of these aircraft on display at the Hagerstown Regional Airport. This is a huge undertaking, but the story of Hagerstown's aviation heritage is not complete without these aircraft. These aircraft will be permanent monuments to the thousands of men and women who designed, built, flew and maintained them. With your assistance the museum can bring these aircraft home to Hagerstown to be preserved for generations to come! Contact the museum for more information on how you can help make this goal a reality.


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