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For Immediate Release:

Hagerstown Aviation Museum Issues “Emergency Funding Appeal” for Donations to Return a C-119 “Flying Boxcar” to Washington County


Kurtis Meyers
Hagerstown Aviation Museum

(Hagerstown, MD — September 25, 2008) An Emergency Fundraising Campaign has been launched by the Hagerstown Aviation Museum to secure funding for unexpected repairs to the museum’s 1953 Fairchild C-119 “Flying Boxcar”. This historic aircraft manufactured in Hagerstown is scheduled to fly from its present location in Greybull, Wyoming back to Hagerstown in October.

Members and donors of the museum have given over $40,000, to date to help bring home the museum's donated “Flying Boxcar”. This money has allowed B&G Industries in Greybull, WY to completely inspect the aircraft and begin repairs and routine maintenance necessary to fly the C-119 to Hagerstown. Unfortunately, the inspection also uncovered additional work that must be completed before the aircraft can meet FAA approval for flight.

The work that still needs completed includes the replacement of two main landing gear tires and brakes, replacement of propeller blades on one engine, the repair of a leak in the left fuel tank, the repair and replacement of two ailerons, performance of additional engine run-up tests as well as the repair of numerous smaller deficiencies.

The cost of these additional repairs is estimated to exceed $35,000 which must be raised and the work completed before the C-119 can fly to Hagerstown this October. If the museum would wait until next spring to complete the additional repairs, much of the work already completed on the aircraft would need to be performed again and most of the money (an estimated $25,000) already spent on routine maintenance and repair will have been wasted, according to museum officials.

To avoid this added expense, the museum must raise $35,000 by Oct 4th so that work can be completed, and pilot Frank Lamm and crew can still fly the C-119 home this October. The museum has implemented an "Emergency Funding Campaign" to raise this money, and museum officials say help is desperately needed.

Museum president Kurtis Meyers said, "You can help the museum meet this emergency by sending your tax deductible donation in the form of a check or money order to Hagerstown Aviation Museum, 14235 Oak Springs Rd, Hagerstown MD 21742. To donate by credit card call 717-377-3030. Together we can bring the Flying Boxcar home."

Another way to help is by purchasing raffle tickets in the “Flying Boxcar Gas Raffle”. The proceeds from the raffle go toward filling the fuel tanks of the C-119 Flying Boxcar for its flight back to Hagerstown. Tickets are 1 for $10 or 5 for $40. People can win a $1000, $500, or $250 Visa Gift Card. Purchase tickets online at or by sending your check to the museum address.

For more information on the museum and upcoming events please go to the museum website or call 717-377-3030.

The Hagerstown Aviation Museum, Inc. is a 501(C)3 Non-Profit organization, and is a member of the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau. For more information, see:

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