The Hagerstown Aviation Museum will present an Open Airplane Afternoon Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m.
The event is a way to celebrate National Aviation Day, which was established in 1939 by Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Roosevelt issued a presidential proclamation that designated the anniversary of Orville Wright’s birthday as National Aviation Day to encourage citizens to observe the day with activities that promote interest in aviation.
Attendees can visit the Hagerstown Aircraft Services facility and climb into the cockpit of the Fairchild C-82 and C-119 Flying Boxcar and see other museum aircraft, such as the 1943 Fairchild PT-19 WWII Trainer, and the 1928 Kreider Reisner KR-31 biplane. All of them were built in Hagerstown.
Historical displays and films can be seen inside the large aircraft. Visitors can also view airport activity upclose with planes taking off and landing.
Admission is free, however, donations are appreciated.
Museum merchandise, books, DVDs and hats will be for sale.
Airplanes and displays will be at Hagerstown Aircraft Services, 14235 Oak Springs Road.
For more information, call 301-733-8717 or go to www.hagerstownaviationmuseum.org.
From U.S. 11 at the airport turn onto Basore Drive at Tony’s Pizza and follow the signs.
All visitors receive a free museum magazine and a free 14-by-28-inch color poster of the museum aircraft collection.