At their "Open Airplane Afternoon" event, the
"We have a lot of fun and we have a lot of folks come from Martinsburg,
The airplane manufacturing company, Fairchild Aircraft, came to
After the attack on
"At that time there were three, 4,000 people working here and in the 1950s, there were over 10,000 people working at this one facility here at the airport,” said Seburn. “And at the time that was about a third of the population of
Walker Zimmerman, who will be 90-years-old next week, was one of those Fairchild employees. He was just a teenager in 1941, when he started building airplanes in
"They sent us right out here to the airport, building a pt-19 right there,” said Zimmerman. “And I started out working on the tail section of the PT-19. I could build one and a half of those a day."
Zimmerman had to stop working at the facility after three years, when he was drafted during World War II. He says he will never forget how much he enjoyed building those planes.
"Airplanes fascinated me, and I liked to build the airplanes," said Zimmerman.
The museum continues to raise funds to bring home more historic aircrafts.