Commemorative C-119 Flying Boxcar Homecoming

This commemorative DVD highlights the C-119’s donation by Bob Stanford in 2006, the extensive inspection and repair required to make the Flying Boxcar ready for its flight, ride along with the crew and the emotional Hagerstown Homecoming on November 16th, 2008. See the excitement of the long journey home with over 60 minutes of video footage and still images provided by over 20 volunteer videographers and photographers. This historic flight was only possible by the generous contributions of over 450 individuals throughout the Hagerstown community and beyond.


The Fairchild PT-19 Primary Trainer DVD 

The Documentary Film

The unique and untold story of Hagerstown's aviation past unfolds in this new documentary film by Vintage Video Productions of Greencastle, PA. With many never before released images and an extensive collection of rare local film footage, this documentary is sure to peak the interest of Fairchild and Hagerstown aviation enthusiasts everywhere!

It chronicles the effect on Hagerstown of nearly 70 years of aviation manufacturing, says John Seburn President of Vintage Video. The film begins in 1916 with Giuseppi Bellanca and his design of airplanes for the Maryland Pressed Steel Company located on Pope Avenue. Closure of the company led an employee, Lew Reisner to begin the Reisner Aero Service in 1921 that became the Kreider-Reisner Aircraft Company when local shoe manufacturer Ammon Kreider joined the company in 1925. The two produced the famous Challenger series of airplanes before being purchased by Sherman Fairchild in 1929.

The Great Depression and the Second World War, secured a permanent bond between the community of Hagerstown and Fairchild that would last over five decades. These five decades saw the production of many memorable aircraft such as the F-24, the PT-19 Trainer, the C-82 Packet, and C-119 Flying Boxcar as well as the last great airplane to roll out of the factory in Hagerstown: the A-10 Thunderbolt II, affectionately named the Warthog. Each of these gained for Fairchild recognition and fame, but more importantly formed and molded the people and the places in the community of Hagerstown.

Hagerstown's connection with aviation does not end with manufacturing, but lives on in the commuter airline business that still serves it to this day. The Hagerstown Commuter started by native son Richard (Dick) Henson in 1962 went on to transform the industry, becoming the Allegheny Commuter and then the Henson Piedmont Regional Airline.

Dedicated to the preservation of Hagerstown's aviation heritage, this film presents a vital piece of our community's history, and commemorates the hard work and dedication of the many thousands who worked in it and lived it.

Produced by Vintage Video Productions.

3 Disc Set, 2 DVDs and 1 CD


"This original 1941 World War II color film produced by Fairchild Aircraft introduced the PT-19 Primary Trainer to student pilots. This rare film features Fairchild history and PT-19 production. Dick Henson performs take off, flight maneuvers and landings at the Hagerstown, Maryland airport. 25 minutes, Color.



The Fairchild PT-19, PT-23 & PT-26 Maintenance DVD 

"This original 1943 U.S. Army Air Force Training Film series was saved by a former Fairchild Aircraft employee many years ago. Almost every maintenance procedure on the PT19, PT23 & PT26 is demonstrated in great detail by this rare five part training film series. Part One: “Preflight and Daily Inspection”. Part Two: ”Landing Gear, Wheels and Brakes”. Part Three: ”Propeller and Power Plant”. Part Four: ”Flight Controls and Control Surfaces”. Part Five: “Engine Change”. 114 minutes, B&W, Sound.



Hagerstown - Remembering Our Aviation Heritage