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For Immediate Release:

10th Annual Hagerstown Aircraft Services & Experimental Aircraft Association Fly-In is set for Oct. 4th and 5th
1940's Hangar Dance Scheduled at Hagerstown Regional Airport Terminal-Sponsored by CVB

Contact:

Contact: Kurtis Meyers
Hagerstown Aviation Museum
717-377-3030
For 1940's Dance Tickets
and Information call:
301-791-3246

(HAGERSTOWN, MD — September 29, 2008) The 10th annual Hagerstown Aircraft Services and Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 36 Fly-In is scheduled for October 4 and 5, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event will take place at the Hagerstown Aircraft Services facility at the Hagerstown Regional Airport. Admission is free.

The annual fly-in brings together members of the aviation community and the general public. The Hagerstown Aviation Museum will have a display at the event, featuring many aircraft from the museum's significant collection including the Hagerstown built Fairchild C-82, PT-19’s and a Kreider-Reisner KR-31. Living history displays and historic military vehicles will also be featured. Modern, classic, antique planes, and vintage war-birds will be flying in both days and all are welcome!

According to Hagersown Aviation Museum president Kurtis Meyers, “During the Fly-In we will have a wonderful new announcement about the donation of a rare and historic aircraft to the museum. We also will be able to announce the latest information about the schedule of the C-119 Flying Boxcar's return to Hagerstown.” The museum is raising funds as quickly as possible to try and bring the aircraft back to Hagerstown from Wyoming this fall. For more information about the appeal for funding, see: www.hagerstownaviationmuseum.org .

A brand new historical book, produced by the museum, is also expected to be officially unveiled. According to Meyers, “;Hagerstown During World War II - Images of the Maryland Homefront is the museum’s highly-detailed and well-researched new book, and it's set to debut at the Fly-In on October 4th. With over 370 pages and over 650 images this book will take you on a nostalgic journey to meet the people, tour the workplaces and experience life in Hagerstown During World War II. This book showcases major industries, civil defense, fund drives, education, transportation and so much more.” Meyers said that the book will be available for purchase at the Fly-In and funds received for the book will help the museum. Books can be pre-ordered through the museum's web site. “This book took more than a year to research and write, and people will be delighted at the stories and photos,” said Meyers.“It pays homage to what Hagerstown and people in the area did during World War II.”

Also at the October 4th and 5th Fly-In, children between the ages of 8 and 17 will have the opportunity to experience flight, free of charge, through the generosity of local pilots who participate in the Experimental Aircraft Association’s (EAA) “Young Eagles” program.

An EAA booth will be set up to view examples of homebuilt aircraft. It’s the perfect stop for anyone who has ever dreamed of building or flying their own airplane, but thought it was impossible. The EAA will also have information on buying and restoring your own aircraft.

During this two-day event, Tracey Potter, President of Hagerstown Aircraft Services, will make his facilities available to see the way aircraft are repaired, maintained, and painted. Potter and his staff will also be on hand to answer questions.

Breakfast and lunch will be available both days from the EAA Chapter 36.

“This annual Fly-In brings people from throughout the Mid-Atlantic region to Hagerstown. We look forward to it every year,” said Tom Riford of the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau. “Aviation enthusiasts love to see the war-birds, and the displays and fly-bys are always exciting. The Hangar Dance is a fantastic addition to this aviation event, and it's great to see the hundreds of people dancing and enjoying the music of the 1940's-style orchestra.”

The second annual 1940's-style “Hangar Dance” is set to take place at the Hagerstown Regional Airport's terminal. The event is sponsored by Hagerstown Aircraft Services and The Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau. The ever popular Ray Birely Orchestra will be performing Big Band music. Food and refreshments are included in the ticket price. There will also be a cash bar. The theme of this year’s dance is the Hagerstown Home Front During World War II. All the proceeds from the event benefit the Hagerstown Aviation Museum. Tickets are on sale at the Hagerstown Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau's Visitor Welcome Center in downtown Hagerstown, call 301-791-3246. People can also order online at www.HagerstownAviationMuseum.org or call 717-377-3030.

The dance and big band concert begins at 6:30pm with a patriotic flyover of WWII airplanes and historic airplanes will be on display by the terminal starting at 6pm. Tickets are $20 in advance, $35 for couples and $25 each at the door. Dress is “smart casual” - however, 1940's style clothing is encouraged, according to organizers.

The annual fly-in and reunion event is co-sponsored by Hagerstown Aircraft Services, the, Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 36, and the Hagerstown Aviation Museum.

Hagerstown Aircraft Services is located on Basore Drive at the Hagerstown Regional Airport, Richard A. Henson Field. Basore Road is accessible from Maryland Route 11 at Tony’s Pizza and Fly-In signs will be posted.

For event information call 301-733-7604. For more information about the Hagerstown Aviation Museum go to www.hagerstownaviationmuseum.org or call 717-377-3030. The Hagerstown Aviation Museum also has a display and exhibit at the Discovery Station in Downtown Hagerstown. For more information about Hagerstown-Washington County see: www.marylandmemories.com.

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