Building a home for HIAPER

NCAR’s Research Aviation Facility (RAF) is making room for the arrival of a new jet late next year. This groundbreaking at Jefferson County Airport on 21 August kicked off construction of a second NCAR hangar at Jeffco. The hangar will house two NSF/NCAR aircraft: the current C-130 turboprop and the up-coming Gulfstream V jet known as HIAPER, the High-performance Instrumented Airborne Platform for Environmental Research. Completed in 1970, the -existing Jeffco hangar is just large enough to house the C-130, with only two feet to spare at either wingtip. The new, 35,000-square-foot hangar will be over 80% bigger. The old hangar will play occasional host to the Naval Research Laboratory P-3, which carries the ELDORA Doppler radar. “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. Pictured (left to right) are UCAR president Richard Anthes, Albright, NCAR director Tim Killeen, RAF manager Jeffrey Stith, and John Pereira (UCAR Finance and Administration). (Photo by Carlye Calvin.)

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