The Air Force is looking for ideas for a joint-ownership project for a newly built $400 million aircraft hangar at the Air Force Academy.
The project would bring an additional 1,200 employees to the academy, which has a population of 2,600, said Lt.
Gen. Daniel Fienberg, chief of the academy’s Air Force Air and Space Center.
The academy, home to the Air Combat Command, was founded in 1958 and is located in Fort Worth, Texas.
Fienburg said the Air Forces Academy would receive an additional $150 million in new funds and new facilities over the next four years.
The Air Force has been looking at how to utilize the facility since the Academy was built in 1957, but it has not been fully developed.
The Air Corps is working to build a new hangar that will house all the current aircraft and support a larger, modern wing that would handle more avionics.
The air force plans to build the hangar at a cost of about $150 billion.
“We’re working to complete this project as quickly as possible, and we have great enthusiasm for it,” Fienburgh said.
“This project has great potential, and it is just the right size to do it.”
The academy was originally built as a training center for the U.S. Air Force in the 1950s.
But after World War II, the air force shifted its focus to the defense of the homeland and the aerospace industry.
In 1960, the academy was renamed the Air National Guard Training Center in honor of the late Brig. Gen John L. Bancroft, a famed aviator who served as the academy commander.
Since then, the Air Corps has expanded its footprint at the academy by opening up the facility to other branches of the military, including the Coast Guard and the Navy.
In addition to the hangar, the Academy is also currently working on a $300 million facility to house aircraft storage facilities, Fienber said.
The academy’s newest aircraft hangar is being built on a land lot in the Academy’s east wing.
The new facility would house an additional 50 aircraft and a new wing that is expected to be operational in the 2020s.
“I think this will be the future of the air fleet in the future, with more aircraft, and more avionic systems, and much larger aircraft than we have now,” Fuiberg said.
Fienberg said that the new hangar would also have the capability to house the Airforce’s new new KC-46 tanker aircraft, the Joint Strike Fighter.
“It’s not just about aircraft,” Fianberg said, “but it’s about the mission that we’re on and the missions that we need to support.”
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