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Plane museum proposed at Cumberland airport

CUMBERLAND — Two high-flying brothers are proposing an aviation museum at the Greater Cumberland Regional Airport.

The Cumberland Times-News reports that retired Northwest Airlines captain Steve Van Kirk says he and his brother Malcolm have eight airplanes and an extensive collection of aviation art they want to display.

Van Kirk pitched the idea last week to the Potomac Highlands Airport Authority. The airport is located across the Potomac River from Cumberland in Wiley Ford, W.Va.

Van Kirk says they hope to install the museum in a hangar formerly used by tire manufacturer Kelly-Springfield. The company stopped making tires in Cumberland in 1987 and closed its offices there in 1999.

The Cumberland airport hasn’t had scheduled air service since 2003.