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Columbus, Indiana, works to get “Flying Boxcar” home-‘Project Charlie 119’

The long-retired Fairchild C-119, fondly known as the “Flying Boxcar” is an American military transport aircraft that was put into service in 1949.  It was designed to carry cargo, personnel, litter patients, and mechanized equipment.  The aircraft was also used to drop cargo or troops into various areas of operation via parachute.  Now, citizens of Columbus, Indiana, are on a mission to bring one of the last C-119s back to Columbus.

The Atterbury-Bakalar Air Museum, which is dedicated to the memory of all military and civilian personnel, has started a fundraiser with a goal of $50,000 to bring one of these storied aircraft back to their facility in Columbus.  There were only 1, 183 of these original airframes built.

The museum, located at 4742 Ray Boll Boulevard, is near the Columbus Municipal Airport, and is staffed entirely by local volunteers and there is never an admission fee for visiting.

Once the C-119 is acquired, it will be displayed in front of the museum alongside a retired F-4 Phantom fighter jet.

Following its active-duty military service many of the retired C-119s were put into use by the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service.  It is unclear exactly how many C-119s and their variants still exist.

The donation link  below has more information on the C-119 and what it means to the citizens of Columbus to have one on display.  The Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA) is providing matching funds for this project.  D=Your donations to the site will be doubled due the generosity of the IHCDA.   (!/ )

Columbus, Indiana’s final salute to Army Sgt. Jonathan Hunter


When Gold Star mom, Deborah Kleinschmidt got up this morning, she only had one thing on her mind; welcoming home local Army hero, Sgt. Jonathan Hunter.

Kleinschmidt and her husband were among the hundreds in Columbus, Indiana, who lined the streets to honor the service and sacrifice of Sgt. Hunter, who lost his life in the fight Aug. 2, 2017, in Kandahar, Afghanistan.

Hunter was just 32 days into his deployment when a vehicle-borne IED detonated near his NATO convoy.  Killed in the same attack was Spc. Christopher Michael Harris, 25, of Jackson Springs, North Carolina.  Sgt. Hunter was 23 years-old.   Both Soldiers were with the 82nd Airborne Divison out of Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

Today’s four-and-a-half mile procession was gut-wrenchingly personal for the Kleinschmidt family who knows all too well what it feels like to bring home a fallen son.  Marine Sgt. Jeremy McQueary, Deborah’s son, was killed in Afghanistan Feb. 18, 2010.

Sgt. Hunter leaves behind a wife, his parents, three siblings, and a Grateful Nation.  Hoosier families have paid dearly in the Global War on Terror.

Funeral services are scheduled for Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Columbus East High School Gymnasium where Hunter graduated in 2011. His burial, with full military honors, will be presented by the Indiana National Guard.

Memorial contributions in Sgt. Hunter’s memory may be made to, Bartholomew County Humane Society; P.O. Box 1088, Columbus, IN, 47202 or Brown County Humane Society; 128 South State Road 135, Nashville, IN 47448.