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For Immediate Release:

Last Flyable C-82 In The World Returning Home to Hagerstown, Arrival Expected Sunday


Carolyn Motz

Hagerstown, MD, October 12, 2006 ? The last flyable Fairchild C-82 ?Flying Boxcar? took off today, October 12, from Greybull, Wyoming at 12:10pm MDT bound for Hagerstown, Maryland where it was manufactured over sixty years ago. This airplane, saved from being cut up as scrap and purchased by the Hagerstown Aviation Museum at auction in Wyoming on August 23, 2006, has since been undergoing preparation for flight. The effort to return the famous C-82 to its hometown has made national news.

The pilot of the crew is Frank Lamm of Gainesville, Virginia. He is a former Air Force and commercial airline pilot. The co-pilot T.R. Proven of Haymarket, Virginia is a former Navy pilot and is currently an Accident Investigator for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The Flight Engineer, Jack Fastnaught of Columbia, South Carolina is a pilot and retired FAA Air Traffic Controller who worked out of Washington, D.C. The crew has combined flying experience of nearly 45,000 hours

Photo of C82 in flight.

The crew will fly the airplane over the Big Horn mountain range and has stopped in North Platte, Nebraska for fuel. It will fly to Ottomwa, Iowa, the home of the Antique Airplane Association, where both they and the airplane will spend Thursday night. The C-82 will leave Iowa the morning of the 13th, flying to Culpepper, Virginia where it will arrive either Friday afternoon or Saturday morning. The airplane will be on display at the National Capital Commemorative Air Force Fly-In scheduled for Saturday.

On Sunday the C-82 will depart Culpepper for the last leg of the journey. The famous C-82 Packet ?Flying Boxcar? should be arriving in Hagerstown at approximately 1:00-2:00 pm. ?Everyone is invited to come out to the airport to witness this the last flight of this historic Hagerstown built airplane,? said Kurtis Meyers, President of the Hagerstown Aviation Museum. ?This is an event that you don?t want to miss?, said Meyers.

A special ceremony is scheduled for 2pm, at Hagerstown Aircraft Services, as the museum officially accepts the C-82 into its inventory. ?This will be a special event, with significant aviation officials expected to speak,? said Tom Riford of the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau. ?The Hagerstown Aviation Museum has a lot to be proud of, and the people of our area are truly excited to be welcoming home this important part of aviation history.?

Signs will be posted around the airport directing people to the ?Airport Event?. For the most up-to-date information or with any questions, please contact the ?C-82 Homecoming Hotline? at 301-733-8717 or go to Information is also available at 717-377-3030 for immediate assistance.

The Hagerstown-based Fairchild Corporation built the C-82, the first successful military transport specifically designed to accommodate the post-World War II concept of an all-air Army. The Fairchild C-82 series pioneered the large-scale aerial delivery of military equipment and supplies, and could carry 18,000 pounds of cargo or 42 combat troops. The prototype first flew on 10 September 1944 with deliveries beginning in 1945. Too late to serve in WWII, several were used in the Berlin Airlift to carry assembled vehicles into the city. The C-82 Packet was nicknamed the "Flying Boxcar" and was retired from the USAF inventory in 1954. Over 200 were built, and many went on to fly for airline companies, including for TWA. The Air Force went on to use a similar, and more powerful Fairchild-built cargo plane, the C-119. The 1965 movie ?Flight of the Phoenix? starring Jimmy Stewart, utilized a C-82 aircraft. The 2005 re-make starring Dennis Quaid used a Hagerstown-based Fairchild Corporation C-119, the successor to the C-82, and officially named the ?Flying Boxcar.?

The first Maryland-manufactured aircraft was made in Hagerstown, and the new Hagerstown Aviation Museum will include a memorial to all those who helped make ?the best airplanes in the world.? Several Fairchild aircraft were made in Hagerstown, including the A-10 attack plane, still enjoying success today. Tens of thousands of people in the Western Maryland region toiled for over 90 years in aircraft factories and related facilities throughout the Hagerstown area to preserve freedom and advance aviation.

Also, see History flies in and out of Ottumwa, and Final flight VIDEO.

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