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2003-34 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 19, 2003

NCAR to Break Ground for New Hangar at Jeffco Airport


David Hosansky
UCAR Communications
Telephone: (303) 497-8611
E-mail: hosansky@ucar.edu

BOULDER—The National Center for Atmospheric Research will break ground on the construction of a second NCAR aircraft hangar during a short ceremony on Thursday, August 21, at 10:30 a.m. Located at the organization’s Research Aviation Facility at Jefferson County Airport, the $3 million hangar will more than double the facility’s capacity.

At 19,000 square feet, the existing hangar is just large enough to house the C-130 research plane that NCAR maintains and operates for its primary sponsor, the National Science Foundation (NSF). The plane's wingtips are less than two feet from the walls and five people are needed to park it.

The new, 35,000-square-foot hangar will have room for the C-130 and a Gulfstream V jet, also owned by NSF. NCAR also houses a Navy P-3 plane temporarily during specific research projects. All planes are modified for research missions.

"There's been talk of a larger hangar for years, but the new Gulfstream jet is the driving force," says Gerry Albright, NCAR officer for aircraft operations and security. The jet, called HIAPER (High-performance Instrumented Airborne Platform for Environmental Research), is scheduled to arrive in October 2004.

Albright expects construction of the hangar, which will be made of steel beams and mostly steel siding, to take ten months to a year. It will be situated on an empty lot northeast of the existing hangar. The design plan calls for a paint booth and maintenance and instrumentation labs to be added at a future date.

The current hangar was built in the late 1960s. Steel reinforcements were added in the 1970s after high winds partially caved in one wall.

NSF owns the NCAR facilities at Jefferson County Airport and leases the land from the airport


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