Dover AFB breaks ground on new multi-million dollar hangar
DOVER, Del. – The Dover Air Force Base will soon be home to a brand new hangar after breaking ground Friday morning. Major Brandon Ray with the 436th Maintenance Squadron says the design will help improve productivity. “Our capabilities to perform maintenance outside of the enclosed facilities becomes severely restricted, to the point where we have to halt operations until the weather improves,” said Maj. Ray.
Maj. Ray says that Friday’s groundbreaking of a new $41.2 million hangar will be a huge help in stream lining maintenance. “With the hangar being enclosed, we have the opportunity to also perform other heavy maintenance landing gear repairs or heavy structural repairs,” said Maj. Ray.
Delaware Senator Chris Coons was at the groundbreaking ceremony – and says the hangar won’t just enable more maintenance to be done. It will also help to protect C5A aircraft on the base -which are the biggest aircraft in the Air Force. “For twenty years, the tails of the largest aircraft in the entire inventory of the United States Air Force – the C5A – have been out in the rain, the wind, the snow, and the cold,” said Sen. Coons.
Sen. Coons says the rainy Friday morning is a perfect example of how weather can impact the efficiency of maintaining aircraft. “The men and women who service these great machines have been cut in their productivity because of the lack of a closed in hangar,” said Sen. Coons.
Maj. Ray says building the new hangar wouldn’t be possible without the help of leaders like Sen. Coons and other leaders. “The big thing is the support that we’ve had from our congressional leaders and our leaders past and present here at Dover Air Force Base who have made this happen,” said Maj. Ray.
Maj. Ray tells 47ABC that construction work on the hangar is expected to be completed in December of 2021.