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Homecoming: a C-123 returns to Hagerstown, where it was manufactured

HAGERSTOWN, MD >> The flight crew is ready to go. The final work on a 1956 C-123K Provider has been completed in Fort Lauderdale for the ferry flight to Hagerstown.

On July 19, the public is invited to welcome home this historic aircraft built in the former Fairchild Aircraft plant in Hagerstown, when another Open Airplane Afternoon will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. at Hagerstown Aviation Museum, 14235 Oak Springs Road.

Visitors can climb aboard the Fairchild Flying Boxcar and see exhibits and other museum aircraft, such as the 1928 Kreider Reisner KR-31 biplane, 1943 Fairchild PT-19 World War II Trainer and Fairchild 24, all built in Hagerstown.

The museum owns 20 historic aircraft, 12 of which were built in Hagerstown, and the homecoming for is scheduled for the open airplane event.

Admission is free. For details of the homecoming aircraft, call the C-123 Homecoming Hotline at 301-733-8717.

The next Open Airplane Afternoon date is Aug. 16, and the 2015 Wings & Wheels Expo is Oct. 3.