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Celebrate Father's Day at Open Airplane Afternoon with Hagerstown Regional Airport


Washington County
James Jenkins

Experience the thrill of open cockpit flying, weather permitting, Sunday, June 15

Hagerstown, Md. (June 11, 2014) - Bring Dad and celebrate Father's Day and aviation with the Hagerstown Regional Airport (HGR) and the Hagerstown Aviation Museum at Open Airplane Afternoon, Sunday June 15, 1 - 4 p.m. at Hagerstown Regional Airport, 18434 Showalter Road.

Picture of people looking at classic airplanes

A behind-the-scenes look at 12 Hagerstown-built aircraft kids and adults alike can climb aboard the Fairchild C-82 and C-119 Flying Boxcar. Other aviation artifacts on site include the 1928 Kreider Reisner KR-31 biplane, 1943 Fairchild PT-19 WWII Trainer and Fairchild 24, all built in Hagerstown. Admission is free but donations are welcomed.

For World War II enthusiasts, author Vincent Gisriel, Jr. of Hearts Away, Bombs Away will be on hand to sign and share the beautiful love story of his parents, a true World War II hero and the woman he left at home in Baltimore.

Event will be held rain or shine and museum merchandise, books, DVDs and hats will be available for purchase. By making a $100 donation, you can even experience the thrill of open cockpit flying, weather permitting. All attendees will receive a free museum magazine and aircraft collection color poster.

Mark your calendar, HGR's annual Wings and Wheels Expo is September 21.

Directions: From Route 11, turn onto Basore Drive at Tony's Pizza and follow the signs. From Interstate 81 take Showalter Road Exit 10A. The airport entrance is a quarter-mile on your left. For additional information, contact Public Relations and Community Affairs Manager James Jenkins at 240-313-2384.


About Hagerstown Regional Airport

Hagerstown Regional Airport (HGR), a financially self-supporting airport complex managed by Washington County, is home to a variety of businesses that provide travel services to the general public and airside services to the general aviation community. The 400-acre facility includes a secured perimeter, an air traffic control tower, state-of-the-art navigational aids, and the second-longest public runway in the State of Maryland. Sun Air Express provides passenger service to Dulles International Airport (IAD) and Allegiant provides passenger service to Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB). Visit for more information.

About Washington County, Maryland Government

Washington County, Maryland Government strives to fulfill its duty to the citizens of Washington County with regard to operational efficiency, fiscal responsibility, and responsiveness to the needs of the community. This vision is used to ably assist the Board of County Commissioners of Washington County in achieving goals for moving the County forward as present needs and future plans are addressed.

According to the Maryland Department of Legislative Services, the Washington County General Fund has one of the lowest costs per capita for services provided of all 23 counties and Baltimore City. This is attributed to the efficiency, staffing levels, and cost containment exhibited in Washington County Government operations. Visit for more information.

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