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Open Airplane Afternoon - A GREAT EXPERIENCE


Did you ever have the yearning to experience the thrill of open cockpit flying?  Well here’s your chance! Thousands of allied pilots earned their wings during WWII in aircraft built by Fairchild Aircraft over seventy years ago in Hagerstown, Maryland.   Exhibits of this historic aircraft are housed at the Hagerstown Aviation Museum located at the Rider Jet Center, 18421 Henson Blvd. The museum only opens to the public for special events throughout the year.  On September 30th you can bring the family out to the Hagerstown Regional Airport from 1-4 and climb aboard the Fairchild C-82, C-119 Flying Boxcar and PT-26 Trainer.  See exhibits and other museum aircraft such as the 1928 Kreider Reisner KR-31 biplane, 1943 Fairchild PT-19 WWII Trainer and Fairchild 24, all built in Hagerstown, MD. The museum owns twenty historic aircraft, fourteen of which were built in Hagerstown.  These historic aircraft are monuments to the men and women who built, flew and maintained these aircraft in times of war and peace.By making a $100 donation, YOU can experience the thrill of open cockpit flying. Step back in time and experience a memorable flight in the museum's 1943 Fairchild PT-19 Primary Trainer. The museum plans to have rides available after 1 pm, weather permitting. Free admission.

By Blog Writer Kathy Hart Thomas