Hagerstown Aviation Museum Bringing C-119 Flying Boxcar Home, Two Fundraisers Planned

(attached photo is the C-119 that has been donated to the Hagerstown Aviation Museum, and presently is located in Wyoming. The aircraft needs some retrofitting to make it flight-ready for its last flight to Hagerstown, where it was manufactured 54 years ago. The Hagerstown Aviation Museum is raising money to bring the C-119 home. The historic plane was used in the movie "Always" starring Richard Dreyfuss.)

Hagerstown Aviation Museum Bringing C-119 Flying Boxcar Home, Two Fundraisers Planned

(Hagerstown, MD)- The Hagerstown Aviation Museum is hosting two fundraising events, to continue to raise money to help bring a rare and historic Hagerstown-made aircraft home. The museum was recently donated a 1953 Fairchild C-119 "Flying Boxcar."
With the successful return in October of 2006 of the last-flying C-82 Packet "Flying Boxcar," the Hagerstown Aviation Museum is readying for the return of the Fairchild C-119. The aircraft, which was used in the 1989 movie "Always" starring Richard Dreyfuss, will be undergoing needed maintenance to make the plane flight-ready. The cargo plane is currently moth-balled in Wyoming, and the museum is busy planning fundraising events to be able to fly the aircraft home to Hagerstown.
"Two fundraisers are being planned, including a bus trip set for August 15th to go to the National Air and Space Museum's huge facility at Dulles Airport," according to Hagerstown Aviation Museum President Kurtis Meyers.
"This bus trip is arranged through Atlantic Coast Trailways to the famous Air & Space Museum's Udvar-Hazy Center, and we have arranged special VIP tours." Meyers said reservations are going fast, and the trip and VIP tour includes lunch, all for only $69. Meyers said to call 717-377-3030 to make a reservation as soon as possible.
The other fundraising event takes place in September. "It's our first annual 'Flying Horse Charity Auction' set for September 15th," said Meyers.
"Everything and anything of value is being accepted as donations and volunteers are willing to come and pick up donated materials. We're getting a lot of antiques, garage items, and even some rare collectibles. It will be a huge live auction," said Meyers. "We'll accept cars, boats, household items, memorabilia, anything that we can auction off." Business and professional services will be accepted also. All proceeds will go towards the non-profit museum's effort to fly the C-119 to Hagerstown and support ongoing preservation of its aircraft collection.
Hot off the press is the newest edition of the museum's "New Pegasus Magazine," with fascinating articles about the return of the C-82 Flying Boxcar, and news about other recently donated aircraft, plus the exciting on-going efforts to build the museum's permanent facility. Copies are available at the museum's Discovery Station location, in Downtown Hagerstown, and at the Visitor Welcome Center at 6 North Potomac Street. Also, the entire magazine is available online at: www.hagerstownaviationmuseum.org/images/Spring_2007_Pegasus_layout_FINAL_WEB.pdf.
For more information, call 717-377-3030, and see: www.hagerstownaviationmuseum.org