HAGERSTOWN, Md. (September 13, 2023) – Today, the Hagerstown Flying Boxcars have revealed their primary logo, paying homage to the Fairchild C-119 Flying Boxcar Aircraft. To develop its brand identity, the club partnered with New Jersey-based Skye Design Studios (sdsbranding.com), a national leader in sport branding.
The Flying Boxcar has played an integral role in Hagerstown’s storied aviation history. The aircraft was manufactured at the Fairchild plant in Hagerstown, Maryland, and was of the utmost importance to the United States Military in the 40’s, 50’s and early 60’s. The City of Hagerstown became synonymous with the Fairchild Flying Boxcar and is still recognized as the birthplace of the aircraft.
The Flying Boxcars primary logo utilizes several colors that show a deep connection to downtown Hagerstown, including “Boxcar Gray” which emulates the color of the Fairchild C-119 and “Hagerstown Brick” which highlights the architectural aesthetic of Downtown Hagerstown. The Navy Blue resembles that which was shown on the original C-119 aircraft.
The new Flying Boxcars logo was revealed on Wednesday evening at the Hagerstown Aviation Museum alongside one of the original C-119 aircraft, in front of stakeholders and season ticket holders. The event was live streamed through the team’s Facebook page and more content and photos from the evening can be found across @goflyingboxcars social media accounts.
The Flying Boxcars are set to open a kiosk at the Valley Mall in Hagerstown, Maryland on Monday, October 16th. The mall kiosk will offer a range of options including team branded baseball caps and clothing. Merchandise will also be made available on the team’s flyingboxcars.com website.
About The Flying Boxcar
Both the Fairchild C-82 and its successor, the Fairchild C-119, were referred to as the “Flying Boxcar.” For the C-82, produced from 1944-1948, it became a nickname; but for the C-119, produced from 1949- 1955, the name was made official. Both airplanes were of very similar design, with a central fuselage the exact size of a railroad boxcar, a high wing, a high tail, and rear opening “clamshell” doors. The design provided the means for rapid loading and unloading of bulky and heavy cargo which could be accomplished at truck-bed level. The design also allowed for the airplane to be used for troop transport, casualty evacuation, as well as for airborne delivery operations. With all these amenities, available in no other military aircraft of the time, Fairchild Flying Boxcars became the cargo and transport workhorses of the 1940s, 50s, and early 60s. The name “Flying Boxcar,” synonymous with Hagerstown, became known in all corners of the earth. For over ten years the design and manufacture of Fairchild’s C-82 and C119 placed Hagerstown at the center of military cargo production. By the early 1950s, Fairchild’s payroll reached 10,000 employees; and a total of 1,183 Flying Boxcars were produced by 1955.
Name the Team Contest
Downtown Baseball, LLC, in conjunction with the Herald-Mail held a contest where the public could offer suggestions for team names. A total of 1,761 submissions were received and included names that highlighted Hagerstown’s rich history in railroads, aircraft, trucking, and key other symbols of the community. Those submissions were narrowed to five and the public was invited to vote for their favorite. Over 2,500 participated in the final voting. The Hagerstown Flying Boxcar’s name was voted upon by the community to become the name of the city’s new professional baseball team.
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