As of April 11, 2016. After sitting in storage at the Ft Lauderdale Executive Airport over the winter the C-123 will soon be prepared for the flight to Hagerstown. The next steps are to run the engines and make final checks for the flight. Check back here or call 301-733-8717 for updates.
Hagerstown Aviation Museum C-123 in storage area at FXE over the winter.
June 18, 2015, C-123 UPDATE: The restored ailerons, rudder and elevators have been installed! Today, under the extreme heat of the Ft Lauderdale sun, the Aztec Airways crew completed the installation of the C-123 control surfaces by installing the rudder and elevators. Thank you to everyone involved in this project! A special thank you to the Broward County Sheriff's Office Aviation Unit for the use of their ramp to park the C-123 while work is completed on the aircraft. Photos provided by Tom Sheridan.
February, 2015 The museum's Fairchild C-123 is one major step closer to coming home! The C-123 control surfaces are finished and ready to return to Ft Lauderdale to be reinstalled. The plan is to do this in March and fly the C-123 home to Hagerstown in April or May. Keep checking the museum website and Facebook page for homecoming date and details.
Two elevators, rudder and one aileron have had the old fabric removed.
The museum's flight crew inspected the C-123 on November 6th in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Engines ran well, some minor issues were found on various systems that should not take too much time to fix. The left aileron needs some fabric repair that will take some time. Will keep you updated as work progresses.
November 10, 2013
The Hagerstown Aviation Museum is in the process of preparing it's Fairchild C-123 Provider N681DG to fly home to Hagerstown, Maryland. This Vietnam War era veteran was manufactured in 1956 at the Fairchild Aircraft Company in Hagerstown. The US Air Force used the C-123 to transport troops and supplies in and out of some of the most diffcult and dangerous airfields during the Vietnam War. Of the over 300 C-123’s built only a handful still fly today. Acquired by the museum a year ago, this C-123 will join the museum’s collection of twenty historic aircraft, most of which were built in Hagerstown.
A crew from the museum recently traveled to Ft Lauderdale, Florida, on November 6th, to inspect the aircraft in preparation for a ferry flight. The C-123 is in good overall condition with a few items still needing work which require time and money. To complete this work and fly this veteran aircraft home to Hagerstown the museum is asking for your support. You can make a donation to the C-123 fund by clicking on the C-123 Donate Here button. By making a donation you will be recognized with your name being printed in the museum’ s New Pegasus magazine and on a special donor plaque mounted inside the C-123. You will also receive a Certificate of Appreciation and an invitation to a C-123 Donors Reception. For a donation of $100 or more, you will also receive a special two hour C-123 DVD of seven original Fairchild films showing the C-123 in production, in testing and in its many uses around the world!
Thank you to all the donors who are funding the effort to bring a Fairchild C-123 home to Hagerstown! Also, thank you to our flight crew and mechanics who are giving of their time, knowledge and experience! This is a real community project to help preserve Hagerstown's aviation heritage.