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C-123 Aircraft Returns Home to Hagerstown

Out of the 300 plus C-123’s that were built in Hagerstown, there are only handfuls that are still flying, and this is one of them.
HAGERSTOWN, Md. - Built in Hagerstown more than 50 years ago, the C-123 aircraft is finally returning home.

Out of the 300 plus C-123’s that were built in Hagerstown, there are only a handful that are still flying, and this is one of them.

Aviation Museum President John Seburn discovered this particular C-123 plane's existence after stumbling across a listing on the internet.

"About a year ago we found it advertised on the U.S. Treasury Department website, offering a seized aircraft for sale. The museum made an offer, we ended up getting the airplane and now we're ready to bring it back home to Hagerstown," Seburn said.

The C-123 models were built at the now non-operational Fairchild Aircraft Factory, and were essential during the Vietnam War in delivering troops and hauling cargo.

"The mission of the aviation museum is to preserve Hagerstown aviation heritage,” Seburn said. “Over the past ten years we have acquired over 20 aircrafts, most of which were built here in Hagerstown. The C-123 was one of the last big planes that we didn't have in the collection."

Once the plane returns home, residents will be able to check out the aircraft, along with other vintage planes the museum has worked hard to preserve.

 

 

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