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Hagerstown Aviation Museum

Hagerstown Aviation Museum

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The Hagerstown Aviation Museum, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to the pres-
ervation and promotion of the region’s more than
90 years of extraordinary aviation history.
Highlights of Hagerstown’s Aviation Past
 
1916-1920
Giuseppi Bellanca builds the ―CD‖ and ―CE‖ biplanes for 
the Maryland Pressed Steel Company in the Pope Building located insouth Hagerstown.
1921-1925
Lew & Henry Reisner operate an aircraft repair business andeventually partner with local shoe manufacturer Ammon Kreider to sellWaco Biplanes.
1926
The newly formed Kreider-Reisner Aircraft Company designs andbuilds the KRA Midget to participate in the 1926 National Air Race inPhiladelphia.
1927-1929
Kreider-Reisner develops and produces the C-2, C-4 & C-6Challenger Biplanes that gain them much acclaim.
1929
Sherman Fairchild of Fairchild Aircraft Company, Long Island,NY purchases a majority stock interest in Kreider-Reisner AircraftCompany of Hagerstown.
1930s
Fairchild Aircraft Company produces the F22, F24, F45, F46 andF92 Amphibian.
1931
Richard (Dick) Henson purchases the Hagerstown Airport andfounds Henson Flying Service.
1933
Richard (Dick) Henson becomes Test Pilot for Fairchild Aircraft.
1939-1943
Fairchild develops and produces over 5000 PT19 Primarytrainers for the US Army and Navy as well as the AT-21 GunneryTrainer and UC-61 Utility Cargo Aircraft.
1942-1948
Fairchild develops and produces over 200 of the first allmetal cargo aircraft specifically designed for the task, the C82 Packet.
1949-1955
Fairchild develops and produces the C-119 Flying Boxcar of which over 1100 were produced.
1954-1958
Fairchild produces over 300 of the C123 Provider cargoaircraft.
1954-1966
Fairchild helps to develop the Fokker designed F-27 Friend-ship turbo-prop transport and produces over 200.
1962-1983
Richard (Dick) Henson begins the ―Hagerstown Commuter‖
which eventually becomes the Allegheny Commuter and PiedmontRegional Airline.
1965
Fairchild purchases Republic Aviation of Farmingdale, L.I., NY.
1973-1983
Fairchild/Republic awarded A-10 Attack Aircraft contractand produces 713 for the United States Air Force.
1984
Aircraft production ends in Hagerstown.
The New Pegasus
No. 5 - 2011
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Hagerstown’s Aviation Past
...................................... Page 3Museum Contact Information .................................. Page 3Aviation History Preserved at Hagerstown .............. Page 4A Bridge From the Sky ............................................. Page 8My European Tour on a C-119 ............................... Page 10Richard A Henson, The Early Years ...................... Page 12
 
Eight and One Half Decades Ago ........................... Page 14Building the Martin PBM Wings ............................ Page 16Martin PBM Mariner RC Model Donated ............. Page 18Aviation Merit Badge .............................................. Page 19Alvin Ray Johns, Part One ..................................... Page 22Aircraft Donations .................................................. Page 26
 
Dan Frankforter Photo Collection Donation .......... Page 28Chambersburg PA 100 Years of Flight .................. Page 30Wings and Wheels Expo Participants ..................... Page 31Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics ........................ Page 34Museum Membership and Volunteers ................... Page 36The Museum Gift Shop ........................................... Page 37
Contact Information:
 Museum Mailing address:
Hagerstown Aviation Museum, Inc.14235 Oak Springs RdHagerstown MD 21742
 Phone
: 301-733-8717
Website
: www.
HagerstownAviationMuseum
.org
Email
: info@hagerstownaviationmuseum.org
Event Website:
www.WingsandWheelsExpo.comThe museum is now on
COPYRIGHT 2011 HAGERSTOWN AVIATION MUSEUM, INC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
Cover Photo:C-119 lands at Hagerstown Regional Airport Novem- ber 15, 2008

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