Locals take aircraft from World War Two for a spin

Aircraft used for training during the war at Hagertown Aviation Museum

Hagerstown, MD - World war two was at least 70 years ago but some of those aircrafts still make it in the air.

Towards the end of world war two Jean Wilburn joined the air force, working on aircraft such as B-29. About 70 years later, he flew in one.

“It was fun to get up there and fly around a little bit,” Wilburn said.

With help from the Commemorative Air force, the Hagerstown Aviation Museum gave people a real feel of what it was like to be in the aircraft made for the war, allowing visitors the chance to walk through the aircraft but even take a ride.

After seeing what they flew back then, have to respect them even more because the quarters in those things were so tight. And they just didn’t have the technology back then. And for what those guys go through. You have to admire them,” Charles Timbrook, owner of Black Out said.

By giving people the chance to see and experience a flight first hand, the museum believes they are able to keep the history alive for those who have fought and passed.

“A lot of the folks who lived the history aren’t with us anymore, and we'd like to tell their story of what happened here in Hagerstown,” John seburn, the president of the Hagerstown aviation museum, said.

Many think of civil war history but the museum reminds us that there is just as much world war two history in Hagerstown.

“A really big event was world war two for this area also, for the number of people in this area all came together to build one airplane to train the pilots to keep our freedom,” Seburn said.

“It’s important to preserve our history of our nation of what we did. How we all got together as the greatest generation and won the war both in Europe and in the pacific,” John Flynn, a volunteer, for the Commemorative Air Force said.

The event continues Sunday and the museum welcomes the community to come out and check out the historic aircrafts.


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