Dover Air Force Base broke ground Friday on a $41.2 million maintenance hanger that will finally allow personnel to work inside on parked planes.
“For too long now, our world-class Dover Air Force Base has not had a hangar large enough to fully enclose its aircraft so maintenance can be performed any day of the year, regardless of weather,” said U.S. Sen. Tom Carper. He attended the windy, wet ceremony.
The hanger is expected to help the base significantly improve aircraft maintenance efficiency rates on the C-5M Super Galaxy and C-17A Globemaster III aircraft.
The hangar construction project is being overseen by the U.S. Army Corps Engineers’ Philadelphia District. It was awarded to Archer Western Federal JV of Chicago, Illinois.
Carper said that over the past nine years, C-5M flight crews operating out of Dover Air Force Base have helped make the C-5M the world’s top aviation record holder.
“Needless to say, I’m so proud of the servicemen and women that serve at Dover, and I’m thankful that we can help them get the space, tools and resources they so vitally need and rightfully deserve as they carry out their mission, and continue to break world records.”
U.S. Sen. Chris Coons, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee and Senate Air Force Caucus, called Dover Air Force Base one of the country’s finest military bases.
“I’m glad that its construction will soon be underway.” he said as the rain pattered down. “The men and women who serve and work at Dover Air Force Base deserve all the support and resources they need, and I’m proud to fight for those resources on the Senate Appropriations Committee.”